Father Alberto Cutie (sorry I can't figure out how to do accents, but he gets one on the "e") has left the Catholic church and has been received into the Episcopal church (in Miami) after having decided that he could no longer live the promise of celibacy he made at his ordination. The best coverage of the story is here on AP. As for the worst coverage, that is quite a contest.
What does this case have to do with the prospect of the church changing its position on priestly celibacy? Very little. Probably the most profound effect will be on members of Father Cutie's parish, as well as on the many Latino Catholics who followed his popular television show on Telemundo (and his radio show as well). But, contrary to what some commentators have been saying on the web and on TV, the departure of a single priest--no matter how popular or influential--from the Catholic Church is unlikely to make the church revamp its 1,000- (or 900- or 1,100- or 1,200- depending on what history you accept) -year-old rule. The question of priestly celibacy was covered in our editorial of a few weeks back, called "A Modest Proposal," in which the editors called for the U.S. bishops to discuss the question openly, particularly in light of the increasing number of "priestless" parishes in this country.
James Martin, SJ