Best of 2009

12 Most Shocking Moments of 2009

Michael Jackson's death, the Hudson River miracle crash, the Balloon Boy hoax and more of the year's jaw-dropping stories


Known to many as Padre Alberto, dashing Roman Catholic priest and media personality Alberto Cutié found himself in a public crisis of faith after photos of him kissing a woman hit the press. Yanked from his radio and TV programs, Cutié grappled with leaving the church for Ruhama Buni Canellis, his longtime girlfriend. In the end, he went with his heart, but also kept his faith: Cutié joined the Episcopal Church and, on June 16, wed Canellis in a civil ceremony.