Prince Harry Gives Bad Advice To Church Of England Priests

At an event for the mental health charity, Heads Together, Prince Harry spoke of his regret that he did not talk about how the death of his mother, Princess Diana, affected him until three years ago. Footballer Rio Ferdinand, athletes Dame Kelly Holmes and Iwan Thomas, and cyclist Victoria Pendleton (some of whom have spoken publicly about dealing with depression) were at the event.

Later, the prince told BBC Breakfast: "It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem."

Full details can be found on the BBC NEWS website.

It would appear that it is okay to speak about suffering from depression or other mental health problems if you a prince of the realm or star football player but not if you are a priest of the Church of England. I was told to retire and eventually sacked by my bishop, Martin Wharton, for suffering from depression. He told me that a person who suffered from such mental health problems obviously could not cope with stress and should, therefore, never be allowed to be a parish priest. Many other clerics agree with him and not one Anglican bishop in the British Isles has dared to contradict the bishop who sacked me by offering me assistance.

I wonder if the head of my church would treat her own grandson the way her bishops have treated me over the years.

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