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Appeal to Archbishop

The Anglican clergyman, whose licence was removed by the Bishop of Southwark following legal but irregular ordinations by a South African Bishop, has exercised his right of appeal to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams.

The Rev. Richard Coekin, Senior Pastor to the fast-growing ‘Co-Mission’ churches of South West London, claims that, although his relationship with Bishop Tom Butler has been ‘impaired’ by the House of Bishops’ recent statement on civil partnerships, which led him to seek help from a foreign bishop, this does not legally or morally justify the removal of his licence.