Controversial vicar leaves

Dr Paul Shackerley.  Picture: Michael Ford
Dr Paul Shackerley. Picture: Michael Ford

A controversial vicar who moaned on Facebook about going to church and shocked parishoners with foul-mouthed rants has been appointed a cathedral dean in Wales.

The Rev Canon Paul Shackerley, who has been in charge at Doncaster Minster since 2010, has been appointed Dean of Brecon Cathedral in South Wales.

He will be installed by the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon the Rt Rev John Davies in September and his last service at the Minster will be on July 27 when parishioners will have the chance to say farewell.

Dr Shackerley sparked upset in 2012 when he posted a series of controversial messages on his Facebook account which included ‘sin is such fun’.

He was also accused of swearing on the social networking site, mocking religious events and moaning about having to go to church on a Sunday.
Dr Shackerley was later spoken to by senior church officials about the matter but remained in post.

He said: “I believe that I have been shaped and prepared for this next phase of ministry by the people and places of the parishes I have served, Sheffield Cathedral and the Archer Project for homeless people, and Doncaster Minster, where I have enjoyed working in teams and in civic, business and tourism partnerships and the arts.

The Rt Rev Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster, said, “I’m delighted by the news of Paul’s appointment but genuinely sorry to be losing him from Doncaster Minster.

“During his time at the Minster Paul has made significant developments in relation to worship, the rebuilding project and most significantly engagement with the life of the wider town. He will, I know, be missed by many within the church and town and I wish him well for all the future as he returns to ministry in Wales.”