It’s not just marriages that are under potential threat from Facebook (‘Pastor says Facebook is portal to infidelity‘), but episcopal careers as well. I just heard on the BBC lunchtime news that the Anglican Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent, has been asked to step down from public duties by the Bishop of London. This was after Bishop Pete’s outspoken tirade against Wills and Kate on Facebook, in which he gave the marriage ‘seven years’. It seems that a fulsome apology was not enough for the Bishop of London.
It appears that Bishop Pete made the cardinal sin of not properly adjusting his Facebook privacy settings, although with 900 or so ‘friends’ it is doubtful that it would take long for his comments to reach the press (who were only too pleased for a chance to ‘do over’ the bishop after he dared to accuse them of descending into “fawning deferential nonsense”).
This sorry episode does add to the interesting discussion in the Christian media about how pastors and church leaders should use Facebook, if at all. It is obviously all too easy to say things, or reveal information, which really should not be in the public domain. If I find the links I will post them later.