December 3, 2010
Facebook group calls for Bishop’s reinstatement
by Jan Harris
A very public argument is taking place on Facebook over Prince William and Kate Middleton’s forthcoming marriage.
First of all the Bishop of Willesden, Peter Broadbent, was suspended after he expressed his distaste for the marriage on the site and now a Facebook Group has been set up calling for his reinstatement.
It was undoubtedly foolish of the Bishop to publicly say he didn’t think the marriage would last more than seven year, and downright rude to compare William and Kate with shallow celebrities and say the royal family was full of broken marriages and philanderers, but the 850 people who have signed up to the group believe his punishment was a bit harsh.
Even though he apologised publicly and admitted his comments were deeply offensive, the Bishop was suspended from his duties.
As well as the growing band of supporters on Facebook, Bishop Broadbent has also received support from colleagues in his diocese and from the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, who believe that his punishment was too severe.
His fate lies in the hands of The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, who may be asked to conduct the wedding service.
It seems doubtful that the Bishop of Willesden will receive an invitation!
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