Rev Canon Roger Royle , above, chaplain to Lord Mayor of the City of London, is somewhat miffed that he was not asked to offer a prayer of thanksgiving last week at a dinner at the Mansion House.
Instead, guests at the Dragon Awards ceremony heard him give a secular message in the interests of “diversity”, according to this report.
The event, which celebrated the positive difference businesses are making in the local community, was held by the City of London Corporation.
Royle told the Sunday Times:
I had feedback from people who were very disappointed but that is the instruction I was given so that is what I did.
We respect people of all religious beliefs and those who have none. The note of thanks felt most appropriate for our audience as a celebration of London’s diversity.
Royle grumpily countered:
I don’t see why we didn’t have a proper grace because the atmosphere of the evening was perfectly Christian and the message would be perfectly in keeping … I suppose it is partly this respect of the multi-faith world in which we live. In the City … you’ve got to make sure that God does get a look in.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn