It is sad when the “man of God” leading your place of worship is involved in a scandal of whatever sort. This next example shows that all can stumble, be they, financial gurus or actors or even trusted spiritual authorities. A priest in Britain was caught in a compromising position recently.
What did he do? The Church of England vicar was caught on video inhaling from a crack pipe and discussing prostitutes. Footage seems to show the Rev Stennett Kirby, a vicar in East London, snorting cocaine and saying: ‘I’m a very happy man’.
The 64-year-old priest was seen sitting on a sofa with a friend and apparently watching porn and talking about escorts. He is said to have talked about paying for a female escort, saying:
“I wish I could. If I had money, I would. I’ve only got £10 left.”
An associate minister at the church, Reverend Stephen Chandler broke the news to the congregation. He said:
“By now many of you may have heard of an article which has appeared online today concerning your vicar, the Reverend Stennett Kirby. I am trying to support Stennett pastorally at this demanding time for him and he is very much in my prayers and Bishop Stephen’s [of Chelmsford], as are you all here at All Saints.”
After the announcement, some of the congregation turned around and muttered to each other before singing hymns as the service began. Following the service, a parishioner, who did not want to be named, said:
“No-one would have known about this before the announcement. Everyone is very shocked.”
The Church of England said it was investigating the claims and said it was taking the matter seriously. Sad!