THE Vicar of Doncaster must wait to hear if he will be disciplined for comments on Facebook which have led to him being described as ‘totally unfit to serve the church’.
Canon Dr Paul Shackerley is said to have used an expletive and expressed reluctance about going to church and preaching on a Sunday.
He has been reported to the Bishops of both Sheffield and Doncaster.
A spokesman for the Diocese of Sheffield indicated the Bishops would be meeting Dr Shackerley ‘quite soon’ to discuss the issue, brought to their notice by an anonymous parishioner.
Extracts from the vicar’s Facebook page have been sent to senior clergy, the Mayor of Doncaster, and the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, who is the Queen’s representative in the county.
In the comment Dr Shackerley used a four-letter word to describe how little he had done on a Saturday earlier this year and went on to say, ‘Alas, I have religion tomorrow. At least I’m not preaching this week’.
The new Bishop of Doncaster, the Rt Rev Peter Burrows, said: “We are aware of the complaint and we will be investigating it.
“There are a number of quite complex and difficult issues for the church that have been raised by this. They will need to be addressed and we do take seriously the complainant’s comments.”
Dr Shackerley was not available for comment at his Thorne Road vicarage when The Star called.