Monday, June 05, 2006

Archbishop backs 'rogue' clergyman
By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has rebuked one of his senior bishops for his "seriously flawed" actions in revoking the licence of a conservative evangelical clergyman.

Dr Williams has given his backing to a report that recommends the Rev Richard Coekin be given his licence back.

The Bishop of Southwark, the Right Rev Tom Butler, revoked Mr Coekin’s licence last November after the Wimbledon minister invited a bishop from a church in South Africa to ordain three curates.

Mr Coekin appealed to Dr Williams and the case was heard by the Bishop of Winchester, the Right Rev Michael Scott-Joynt, at St Dunstan-in-the-West in London last month.
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