Priest apologises for unholy language

2012-05-25 22:01

London - A British priest has apologised for some unholy language on his Facebook page, his bishop says.

Canon Paul Shackerley, Vicar of the Minster Church of St George in Doncaster in northern England, raised eyebrows by using the f-word and remarking that "alas, I have religion tomorrow" in some Saturday evening postings.

Peter Burrows, the bishop of Doncaster, met with Shackerley on Friday and later said the priest regretted the inappropriate language and had removed it.

"Whilst meant in a jocular sense, he recognises that some of the language was unfitting. He has apologised unreservedly," Burrows said in a statement posted on the diocesan website. "I have received Paul's letter of apology and have been assured that this will not happen again."

Stories of priestly waywardness are a favourite subject of British newspapers, and the comments drew attention far and wide. With facial piercings and one piercing in his tongue, Shackerley cuts an unconventional figure.

Church officials were alerted to his Facebook comments by an anonymous letter.

In the first of his Saturday night musings, Shackerley said: "I think I will put my feet up. I've done f*** all today other than jazz lesson and visit a friend. I hear the fizz of tonic in my gin beckoning.

'Sin is such fun'

"Alas, I have religion tomorrow. At least I'm not preaching this week."

And oh dear! "Sin is such fun," he said.

It was perhaps less alarming than Shackerley's comment about a photo of himself with a snowman.

"Forgive my sin of frivolity. Sin is such fun! But I haven't been having an inappropriate relationship with Snowy, who can longer be called a 'snowman' in the name of political correctness," Shackerley wrote.

The chatty priest also ruminated last month about the dangers of sites such as Facebook.

"I have known employees [to] receive disciplinary and dismissal notices for inappropriate postings," he wrote.

  • Ken - 2012-05-25 23:14

    Who wants to know or care about S#it like this?

  • David Skea - 2012-05-25 23:21

    Fukn lol!

  • Solomon - 2012-05-25 23:24

    The world is in such dire strait because mankind is hesitant to face reality and instead will embelish the fact when so faced. That is why you will find it difficult to tell you friend the holy truth when his idiotic pursuit will ultimately land him in an unsavoury situation. His priesthood is only a professional calling and at the end of the day, he is human. Would it have changed the reality as he perceived it if he had refrained from using the f....word. Or better still, has the deplorable situation that prompted him to use the f... word changed for the better now that he has withdrawn the statement?

  • zaatheist - 2012-05-26 04:39

    Sounds to me that this is just another of the increasing numbers of those preachermen who has lost his faith. In the US they have even set of a special project to help clergy who have come to realise that what they have been peddling is nonsense and have either publicaly renounced their faith or who remain active but troubled with their non-belief. The purpose of The Clergy Project is to provide a safe haven for active and former clergy who do not hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions.

  • Desmond Reginald Solomons - 2012-05-26 09:16

    clearly shows us that this guy doesn't fear God at all.

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