Posted by: rbbadger | November 24, 2010

Bishop Peter Broadbent and the dangers of blogging

The Right Reverend Peter Broadbent, the Bishop of Willesden, is one of the several Church of England bishops who assist the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres with the governance of the Diocese of London.  Bishop Broadbent recently ignited something of a firestorm with comments he made on his Facebook page regarding the upcoming marriage of Prince William of Wales, son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, to his fiancée Kate Middleton.  Bishop Broadbent, who called it a “nauseating tosh” as well as bemoaning the cost of the upcoming royal nuptials, also said that he wouldn’t give the marriage seven years.  Needless to say, Bishop Broadbent’s comments have ignited something of a firestorm and have been condemned by members of Parliament as well as by his boss, the Bishop of London.

Though he is a bishop in the Church of England, he is an assistant bishop to the Bishop of London.  The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, has relieved him from duty until further notice.  You can read more about it here

I suppose one has to be careful with one’s words now more than ever in this age of instant communication.



  1. As long as free speech and honest opinions are stifled, as Peter’s has been, Britain will continue to remain stuck in the 16th Century; misogyny, sexism and the feudal system (which demeans citizens by regarding them as mere “subjects”) will continue, together with the dishonesty which pretends the Royal family have status that is above human, regardless of their behaviour.

  2. This whole episode illustrates the truth behind the “parable” of the emperor’s new clothes. Especially the Bishop’s forced apology.

  3. PS Does “moderation” mean censorship?

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