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Vicar in hot water after swearing on Facebook updates

A social network savvy vicar from the Church of England is being investigated after an anonymous letter detailing his ‘distasteful’ status updates was sent to his superior, according to the Times.

Canon Paul Shackerley’s Facebook comments made a few weekends ago may come across as a regular to many of the network’s users but one ‘friend’ on his page was left reeling after the Vicar of Doncaster swore and moaned about an upcoming sermon he was hosting.

Dr Shackerley, who also liked a Facebook group called ‘I want to get back with my ex LOL joke I’d rather s*** in my hands and clap’, updated his status one Saturday saying: “I think I will put my feet up. I’ve done f*** all today other than jazz lesson and visit a friend. I hear the fizz of tonic in my gin beckoning.

“Alas, I have religion tomorrow. At least I’m not preaching this week. Preaching next week at St Mary Abbots Kensington though. Best make that a good one eh?”

Dr Shackerley also ‘pi**ed himself’ lol-ing at another friend’s comment – a statement that saw the anonymous writer see red.

“His behaviour makes him totally unfit to serve the people of Doncaster, and totally unfit to serve the church at all in the opinion of many residents,” the letter read.

Dr Shackerley’s superior, the Bishop of Doncaster, the Right Rev Peter Burrows said: “...I will be seeing Paul as soon as I can so that we can talk about what happened.”

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