The former Roman Catholic priest who was fired for misconduct and then hired by the Episcopal Church is now a married man. Alberto Cutie’ and 35-year old Ruhama Buni Canellis were married last Tuesday at the Coral Gables Courthouse, according to the Miami Herald.
A court employee said Miami-Dade County Judge Jacqueline Schwartz performed the ceremony in her chambers.
Alberto Cutié, 40, who left the Catholic church after he was pictured by paparazzi cuddling with Ruhama Buni Canellis on a Miami area beach last month said he chose to become an Episcopalian priest because he would be allowed to marry. But the couple must wait for more than a week before his new church recognizes the marriage in a religious ceremony. That will take place in an unnamed church by Retired Rev. Leo Frade, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.
The wedding cost the couple $91, including the application fee and ceremony fee.
Alberto Cutie’s marriage marked the end of a month filled with many highs and lows for the man known as the male Oprah. Since 1999, he has been America’s leading Catholic televangelist, first hosting a daily talk show, then a weekly program on Eternal Word Television Network Español that is shown throughout the world.
Alberto Cutie preached his first sermon as an Episcopalian — but not a priest — May 31 at Church of the Resurrection in Biscayne Park. He and Canellis left the Catholic church just days before a private ceremony at Miami’s Trinity Cathedral, where Cutié also announced that he was starting a year-long process to become an Episcopal priest.
Alberto Cutié left his position at St. Francis de Sales Catholic church in Miami Beach when photographs showing him snuggling with Canellis – a violation of his vow of celibacy – were published in a celebrity magazine in early May.