'Church Is About Forgiveness': Kissing Priest
'Father Oprah' gives first Episcopal sermon to standing ovation
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2009 2:49 PM CDT
Girlfriend Ruhama Canellis, right, stands with Rev. Alberto Cutié, left, during a news conference at the Trinity Cathedral Church in Miami Thursday, May 28, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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(Newser) – His Catholic parish was scandalized when photos surfaced of the Rev. Alberto Cutié cavorting on the beach with a 35-year-old divorceé, but his new Episcopalian flock greeted his first sermon this morning with a standing ovation, reports the Miami Herald. From the altar of Miami’s Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Cutié told the congregation, which included said 35-year-old divorceé, "I am humbled by your presence here.”

Cutié stressed that "church is about forgiveness," and discussed turning to God for guidance. “Church is about living in the spirit of God, and the spirit of God is love,” he concluded.