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Vicars And Lonely Hearts

by | 18th, February 2004

‘MORE tea, vicar? Oh, silly me, you’re holding the teapot. My eyes aren’t what they were… Now, where are my glasses… Ah, that’s better…

The webcam at St Mary the Virgin was a massive hit

Oh my goodness! That’s not a teapot in your hand! And that’s not an aspidistra – it’s a webcam! Well really, vicar, I’d never have thought it of you!

They say a man of God must also be a man of the people, so we shouldn’t be too surprised if vicars in God’s County decide to go native.

All the same, Essex clergyman Bob Locke seems to have gone further than most. He may be a man of the cloth, but you have to take his word for it, as he appears without a stitch on at, an adult site on which he has been advertising for female company.

The Times reports that the Church of England suspended Bob from his position at St Mary the Virgin, Burnham-on-Crouch after a woman accessed his details and recognised him as her local spiritual leader.

A spokesman says that “there is no suggestion that any child protection or criminally-related matters are involved”. (Or rather, there was no suggestion until he made that statement.)

He added: “The Church of England always expects the highest standards of personal and professional conduct from its clergy.”

So as long as the vicar buys his date a drink first and opens his vestry door for her, everything should be fine and dandy…’

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