Royal Wedding: Bishop who said marriage ‘won’t last seven years’ suspended



The Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Rev Pete Broadbent, had chastised the “nauseating tosh” surrounding last week’s announcement and likened the Prince and his fiancée to “shallow celebrities”.
In comments posted online he also claimed the Royal Family was full of “broken marriages and philanderers” and expressed disappointment that the wedding would cost the public “an arm and a leg”.
Despite issuing a public apology for the “deeply offensive” and “major error of judgement” after his comments came to light, the Bishop was suspended from his duties on Tuesday.

The Bishop’s immediate superior, the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, is a close friend of the Prince of Wales and sources had suggested that he may be asked to conduct the wedding service.
Despite Lambeth Palace initially playing down the furore, Bishop Chartres later admitted he was “appalled” by the comments.
“I was appalled by the Bishop of Willesden’s comments about the forthcoming royal marriage,” he said in a statement issued shortly after it was announced that the Royal Wedding would take place on April 29 next year at Westminister Abbey.
“In common with most of the country I share the joy which the news of the engagement has brought.
“I have now had an opportunity to discuss with Bishop Peter how his comments came to be made and I have noted his unreserved apology.”
He added: “Nevertheless, I have asked him to withdraw from public ministry until further notice.
“I have been in touch with St James’ Palace to express my own dismay on behalf of the Church.”
Bishop Broadbent made his comments about the engagement on Facebook, shortly after it had been announced last Tuesday.
He wrote: “Need to work out what date in the spring or summer I should be booking my republican day trip to France.”
“I think we need a party in Calais for all good republicans who can’t stand the nauseating tosh that surrounds this event.
“I managed to avoid the last disaster in slow motion between Big Ears and the Porcelain Doll, and hope to avoid this one too.”
He said the wedding should belong to the family, as opposed to becoming “national flim-flam” paid for by tax payers. And he criticised the media for descending into “fawning deferential nonsense”.
“I wish them well, but their nuptials are nothing to do with me,” he wrote. “Leave them to get married somewhere out of the limelight and leave them alone.”
He later added: “I give the marriage seven years.”
A post on the bishop’s Twitter site, made on the same day as the royal wedding announcement, said he needed to decide “what date in the spring or summer I should be booking my republican day trip to France…”
The news came on the day that the Queen, who is Supreme Governor of the Church of England, opened the General Synod, the Church’s national assembly, in London.
Clarence House declined to comment.

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    Ammara said,

    LOOOOOOOOOL.
    ohhh well done sir (Y)


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