The press release from the Bishop of Southwark is reproduced here below the fold.
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The press release from Richard Coekin is reproduced below:
RICHARD COEKIN WINS APPEAL FOR RESTORATION OF LICENCE
The Archbishop of Canterbury announced today (5th June 2006) that he has allowed the appeal by Revd Richard Coekin against the revocation of his licence by the Bishop of Southwark, so reinstating Revd Coekin to his role as a licensed minister in the diocese of Southwark.
In response Revd Coekin said: â€œWe thank God that my licence has been reinstated. This has been a long and gruelling process. I am grateful to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Winchester for their help in resolving this problem in granting my appeal.
â€œAs the Archbishop has asked, we will want to move on to seek reconciliation with the Bishop of Southwark and all caught up in these events. We continue to pray for them and for the possibility of closer co-operation in the spread of the good news of Jesus.
â€œThere has sadly been a great deal of misunderstanding and some misinformed criticism circulating about our churches and ministries. We hope that in light of this decision that there will now be fresh opportunities to rebuild mutual trust and understanding.
â€œWe organised the ordinations of the staff needed for our congregations because of our temporarily impaired relationship with the Bishop of Southwark. This is due to what we regard as a departure by the House of Bishops from the historic and orthodox moral teaching of the Bible. We continue to pray that the Church of England will remain loyal to its Biblical heritage.â€
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday 05 June 2006
Statement from The Bishop of Southwark on the Archbishop of Canterburyâ€™s ruling in the case of The Revd Richard Coekinâ€™s appeal on the revocation of his Licence.
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Tom Butler:
1. Welcomes the matter being brought to a speedy conclusion.
2. Notes that the Archbishop, in his judgement, states that “Mr Coekin’s conduct [in arranging an illegal ordination] merited censure”
3. Notes further that the Archbishop, whilst cancelling the revocation of the licence for technical reasons, states that he (the Archbishop) “does not accept that the requested undertaking [for such a cancellation as requested by the Bishop of Winchester’s report] are unreasonable or unjustifiable.” [These undertakings are:
(i) except under the authority of the Bishop of Southwark to refrain from any involvement in:
a. ordination services within the area of the Diocese of Southwark, or
b. the ordination of persons (of whatever Christian church) to serve within the area of that diocese.
(ii) strictly to abide by all general or specific directions given by the Bishop of Southwark, concerning church planting or mission initiatives.]
4. In this, the Archbishop’s report makes it clear that these recommended undertakings fall within Canon Law.
5. The Archbishop’s report further emphasises that if Mr Coekin is to exercise licensed ministry in the Church of England he must “conform to the discipline of the Church.” and “must submit to the Bishop of Southwark’s episcopal authority.”
6. I note that the Archbishop points to the commitment of the whole Church of England to its mission as the national Church. The Archbishop points to the forthcoming Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure, (which places an important emphasis on bishops’ mission orders that govern mission initiatives.)
7. Within these understandings, I will be looking to Mr Coekin to work in partnership with the Diocese and with all of its other clergy.