Bishop in the dock over Facebook tirade

Celebrities and politicians have become familiar victims of social media in recent years with ill advised tweets and messages swiftly reaching a wider, unintended, audience.

One group which might be expected to rise above such earthly matters is the clergy… until now.

Pete Broadbent, a Church of England bishop, has found himself at the centre of a media storm after posting some derogatory remarks about Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton.

Broadbent joined a Facebook discussion forum to rant about the media circus surrounding the event stating: “We need a party in Calais for all good republicans who can't stand the nauseating tosh that surrounds this event.”

He then went on to dismiss Charles as “Big Ears” and dismissed the marriage proposal as a “piece of national flim flam paid for out of our taxes.”

Broadbent later apologised for the “distress” his “deeply offensive” remarks caused.

The Queen (his boss), a recent convert to Facebook herself, is doubtless not amused.

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