Drugs, porn & hookers … a few of this vicar's favourite things

Drugs, porn & hookers … a few of this vicar's favourite things February 19, 2018

A Church of England vicar in London – Stennett Kirby, 64 – is reportedly on ‘sick leave’ after he was exposed this weekend as a drug-taking enthusiast of porn and prostitutes.
According to this report, he was allegedly caught on camera appearing to smoke crack, snort cocaine and watch porn in the £1.5 million vicarage of West Ham Parish Church in East London, in which he lives.
He has been the vicar of the church since 2007, and is considered a respected member of the community, but is currently on sick leave “for unknown reasons”.
In footage obtained by the Sun on Sunday, which cheekily created the “His favourite hymns” graphic, he appears to be smoking from a crack pipe before he struggles to snort a line of white powder as he relaxes with a friend.
At one point, he seems to be watching pornography and says:

All I want now is for a woman to be sucking my dick that would be nice. How much would a woman cost to come here? In other words if I really want it then I will pay for it.

His friend reportedly then says he prefers prostitutes to relationships, which unmarried Kirby agrees with.
The footage then shows him talking about his plans to go into Central London to buy more drugs. He says:

I’m going to Soho with my mate for dinner. I’m going to sex shops to get some poppers.

Poppers are a liquid substance that produces an instant head rush and are legal. People with high blood pressure should avoid them.
Rev Stephen Chandler, an associate minister at the church, spoke to the congregation in light of the video being released.
He said:

By now many of you may have heard of an article which has appeared online concerning your vicar, the Revd 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.

The article contains serious allegations with regard to drug taking and other matters of an ethical nature.

The Church of England has said it is investigating the claims and said it was taking the matter seriously.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • CoastalMaineBird

    it was taking the matter seriously.
    Ooooh, I wonder what exactly that means.

  • barriejohn

    I know it’s been said before, but he’s probably in good company as far as many of the Old Testament “prophets” are concerned. Hosea (if he ever existed) even claimed to have been commanded by God to marry a prostitute, so make of that what you will!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosea

  • Broga

    “he is very much in my prayers.” That must be a great comfort to him. The C.of E. want to support him and Christians will find reasons to do so. I don’t want to support him and will see why I should not.
    On this subject and on the why people arrive at their opinions I had an example this morning. I was in a group this morning with my wife and four of us ended up having coffee. We have recently bought a new car with an automatic gearbox which switches the engine off every time it stops in traffic and then automatically starts again.
    I hate this and always turn the system off. My wife likes it (good for the environment) and leaves the system on. I asked for opinions. One man said that a “Daily Telegraph” article said the switch off system was bad for the engine. The other woman in the group said she would never believe anything in the “Daily Telegraph” as it denied climate change. So, without hearing the arguments agreed with my wife.
    My wife said, “This is a perfect example of how emotion defeats facts and Trump and his religious hordes continue to have support.

  • barriejohn

    Broga: What got me was the pathetic “it’s a very demanding time for him”, as if everyone should lay off because he’s under a lot of pressure. He brought it all upon himself, for fuck’s sake! I’m heartily sick of their meaningless platitudes and vacuous banalities; they seem to inhabit a bubble, divorced from reality.

  • Johan

    Listen to todays BBC R4 “Start the Week”. Its on again at 9.30pm and then on iPlayer. Its about how people ignore actual facts. It explains a lot.

  • Lurker111

    A bit of an aside: Some months ago, my wife & I were driving through downtown Richmond, Va., and spotted a panhandler on the side of the street with a sign, “Need money for drugs & hookers.” My guess is he was so tired of being accused of that, that he decided to make a meme of it.
    Don’t know how successful he was.

  • Broga

    Johan: Thanks. A friend mentioned that programme this morning. I intend to listen to it.

  • L.Long

    I don’t find anything he is doing as BAD! BUT… the holier than thou ahole preacher is telling everyone how sinful they are for just thinking of doing those things. Also he is using church funds for doing those sins…also called theft! He welcome to do all those on his own dime, and NOT telling every one else they are evil sinners. But then hypocrisy is the number one characteristic of xtians, so I guess he is not really doing wrong!.

  • andym

    @ Johan. Archive on 4 on Saturday covered similar ground with the Wakefield/MMR scandal. Anecdotes registered more strongly than overwhelming statistical evidence-but , if you agree with Pinker, education is changing things.