'Those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad' springs to mind as a few days ago +Gene Robinson said that 'it is almost as if aliens have come and taken Rowan away from us'. This considered judgement was made in respect of the change between the professorial Rowan Williams and the archepiscopal ++Rowan Williams. But a few days later it is becoming clearer that +Gene was both right and wrong. The aliens have come and have abducted one of the British bishops, but it was not ++Rowan, it was +Pete Broadbent of Willesdon, London. As reported in this pillar of truth and bulwark of historical record (The Daily Mail), the aliens have entered +Pete's mind and deleted all knowledge that the Queen, her successor son and grandson, are present and future Governors of the church of which he is bishop:
'A prominent bishop has provoked a storm of outrage by likening Prince William and Kate Middleton to ‘shallow celebrities’ and predicting their marriage will last just seven years.
On his Facebook page, Church of England Bishop Pete Broadbent describes the Royal Family as ‘philanderers’ with a record of marriage break-ups who ‘cost an arm and a leg’.
'Disrespectful': The Bishop linked William and Kate Middleton to 'shallow celebrities', predicting that their marriage wouldl last just seven years
He also denounces the ‘nauseating tosh’ surrounding the ‘national flimflam’ of the wedding and says the basis of the Monarchy is ‘corrupt and sexist’.
In a reference to the 1981 marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, he adds: ‘I managed to avoid the last disaster in slow motion between Big Ears and the Porcelain Doll, and I hope to avoid this one too.’
There is more in the vein, as you can read here. The aliens have been enjoying themselves! Unlike some people having a good time, the aliens know when to stop, so now they have made +Pete apologise:
'Pete Broadbent, the Church of England Bishop of Willesden in north London, said he was sorry for referring to the royal family as "philanderers" and sent his best wishes to the couple, who announced their engagement last week.
"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 said in a statement.
"I recognise that the tone of my language and the content of what I said were deeply offensive, and I apologise unreservedly for the hurt caused." '
What? No apology to the late, great Diana for calling her a Porcelain Doll?
The aliens have done their work. That bishop will not be ++Rowan's successor :)