Former Catholic priest gets to marry the woman he loves

Former Roman Catholic priest Alberto Cutié married Ruhama Buni Canellis in a courthouse. The couple will also have a church wedding.

Cutié left a Coral Gables courthouse shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday as a married man.

But Cutié, who left the Catholic church to become an Episcopalian in late May, will have to wait more than a week before his new church recognizes the marriage in a religious ceremony. That will take place in an unnamed church under Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.

Cutié, 40, and his wife, 35-year-old Ruhama Buni Canellis, quietly slipped into the Coral Gables Branch Court at 3100 Ponce de Leon Blvd. through a gated back entrance around noon Tuesday, avoiding a growing group of news crews.

The couple presented identification and proof of premarital counseling to a clerk as they filled out a marriage license application. Then, they joined Miami-Dade County Judge Jacqueline Schwartz in her chambers for a quick ceremony, according to a court employee…

The recession-friendly wedding set the couple back $91. That’s a $61 application fee and $30 for the marriage ceremony. The marriage licenses — one for each — were free…

He and Canellis left the Catholic church just days prior during 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.

Cutié left his position at St. Francis de Sales Catholic church in Miami Beach when photographs showing him nuzzling Canellis on a Florida beach — a violation of his vow of celibacy — were published in a celebrity magazine in early May.

Good for you, dude. The Catholic Church will probably catch up with reality in another century or two.

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