Royal engagement comments on Facebook lead to Bishop’s suspension

Yet another person to join the ever-growing list of people who wish they hadn’t made certain remarks on social networking sites, is the Bishop of Willesden, Peter Broadbent. He recently made what some feel were inappropriate remarks on Facebook, about the royal engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, that have got him into deep water.

So outraged were some that the Bishop has now been suspended until further notice by the Bishop of London. The Bishop of Willesden made a comment on Facebook regarding the royal wedding in April 2011 saying it was “nauseating tosh” and even went on to say that the marriage wouldn’t survive past seven years, according to Caroline McCarthy over on Cnet News.

A statement printed in The Guardian from the Bishop of London read, “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. Nevertheless, I have asked him to withdraw from public ministry until further notice.” The Bishop of Willesden has now issued an apology saying, “I have conveyed to Prince Charles and to Prince William and Kate Middleton my sincere regrets for the distress caused by my remarks and the subsequent media attention about the forthcoming Royal Wedding.” He added that he realized his comments were “deeply offensive” and called his own comments, “a major error of judgement.”

It remains to be seen how long he will be suspended or if indeed he will return to public ministry. For more on this go to cnet.com. What do you think of the Bishop of Willesden’s comments and is it right that he has been suspended? Why not send us your comments to let us know.

  • P.T.

    Bishop Peter (of whom I am not a fan) has not been suspended – at least not to my knowledge. The Bishop of London, in whose Diocese Bishop Peter ministers, has asked +Peter to step aside from public ministry awhile.

  • C J H Hawkes

    As The Bishop of Willesdon is in a honurable position I don't think it right he should say such things in public or spread such comments but I don't agree with Peter Broadbent been suspended I think the Bishop of London has acted too hastily, I am not a Royalist but I believe the freedom of speech and such comments made were wholly unneccessary but the Bishop has apologised and made a statement that should be the end of it, if we all said something similar and were suspended there would be no workers left, I think this has been blowen out of proportation and whilst I have difficulties with my own Priest who has said some things and continues to speak about me as she does, I don't call for her suspension, I think this is over reacting and I would like to see Peter Broadbent reinstated as soon as possible, and the matter finished off by both the Bishop of London and Peter Broadbent, who I deffinately do not agree with his comments but freedom of speech is a right in this country and things are said in the heat of the moment that people regret but they have been said and that should not mean certain suspension by a few inappropriate statements.

  • Tired of stupidity

    Yeahhhh…. What a load of garbage! Surely the man is entitled to his own (quite accurate to my knowledge) opinion on events… it is a load of 'nauseating tosh', Kate, William, please, bugger off, no one cares! The whole Royal family is worse than worthless, you get to enjoy a lifestyle of utter indulgence while the rest of the country suffers the recession and what do you give us in return?! A bank holiday in return for having to put up with this 'nauseating tosh' being displayed all over the media? Gee thanks guys! All this is is a way for the media to take a break from being seen to utterly fail to bring us REAL news! END the constant stream of churnalism that's being dragged through and passed off as news!

    And since when has a comment on Facebook by a Bishop about the Royal family been even CLOSE to his job bigging up the god crew to the few that haven't seen how ludicrous it all is yet?! He can still do his (arguably useless) job, he hasn't left a message on Facebook saying 'god isn't real you idiots', so why 'ask him to step aside'?!

  • Grilli

    It was an inappropiate coment on the Bishop's part. It was rude and "future telling" as if he had a crystal ball to tell the future, instead of the religion-based message he should have given. I wish the best to William and Catherine; a long, stable marriage based on mutual love and trust for each other.

  • Tired of stupidity

    Yeahhhh…. What a load of garbage! Surely the man is entitled to his own (quite accurate to my knowledge) opinion on events… it is a load of 'nauseating tosh', Kate, William, please, bugger off, no one cares! The whole Royal family is worse than worthless, you get to enjoy a lifestyle of utter indulgence while the rest of the country suffers the recession and what do you give us in return?! A bank holiday in return for having to put up with this 'nauseating tosh' being displayed all over the media? Gee thanks guys! All this is is a way for the media to take a break from being seen to utterly fail to bring us REAL news! END the constant stream of churnalism that's being dragged through and passed off as news!

  • C J H Hawkes

    I think in this day and age, whilst I see the Bishop has made a stupid mistake and surely he must realise the dangers of talking openly particularly in his position, if we all thought about the Royals as some do, there wouldn't be a royal family i.e. the monoarchy, ok I don't agree with the Royal Family all the time but I wish William and Katherine a happy and long marriage, but what I don't want to see is a presidential state and more money thrown about and wasted!

  • C J H Hawkes

    I have obviously picked up the wrong story that this Bishop has been suspended but if you google it, it comes up with suspension not step aside, isn't one the same thing? I think it improper of this Bishop to speak in such a fashion openly, but if he said that God was a big mistake and it was all tosh and a load of rubbish yes I could understand that!

    I personally think in this case that Bishop Richard Chatters should allow and bring the Bishop back, a warning rather then been told to step aside, what is the damage overall, a stupid comment to make openly if it had been said behind closed doors or in the pub well what whould have happened nothing!, The Bishop has committed a stupid and gross mistake but please reinstate him not castrate him, one big stupid mistake, not the end of the world is it

  • Peter Robbins

    Of course a person is entitled to his opinion on any matter. Anyone with an ounce of common sense should know when to keep it to himself and not broadcast it if itmis likely to be offensive to others. This is what was wrong with Bishop Broadbent's public comment – and with a majority of opinions voiced by many bloggers these days.