A vicar, the Rev Dr Martin Dudley is in the dog house after he charged £3,500 for the use of his City of London church to make the film in which Royal Family and Archbishop of Canterbury lookalikes dance down the nave to the song “House Of Love” by nineties boy-band, East 17.
The T Mobile advert had the purpose of celebrating the Royal Wedding of William and Kate at the end of April.
Pressure from the Archdeacon of London, David Meara, who oversees the general behaviour of clergy has put the pressure on for Rev. Dudley to donate the money that he charged to one of Prince William’s charities after complaints that the video was ‘cheap and common’.
One senior cleric who has not been identified has described the video as ’embarrassing’ and has dismissed the amusing video as making a ‘mockery of marriage’.
Rev. Dudley has retaliated in saying that the people who are complaining have had a complete ‘sense of humour failure’. He further insists that rules of charity giving state that the money has to be used for the work of his local church, and therefore isn’t obliged to donate the money.
Well well well. Yet another bad story for the Anglican church. But which side is bad?
I vote for the side which have the sense of humour failure. T Mobile thought of a great way to both promote and celebrate the Royal Wedding and they did it.
As for marriage being made a mockery of… well that’s a load of trash! Weddings are meant to be fun, they’re meant to be joyful. I don’t think anyone’s views on marriage will have been negatively impressed upon just because of a humorous video.
What is wrong with these long faced clerics?!
Seems like a lot of inside politics going on to me…
What do you think?
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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definitely agree with you. Gives a bad image to the church when folk see more ‘infighting’ and seem more interested in money.
Definitely, Norman. I thought it was a brilliant idea on the Vicar’s part if I’m honest. What initiative!!
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