London — An Anglican bishop decided to resign because the South African government has effectively banned him from parts of his diocese, a church spokesman here said.
The Rt. Rev. Graham Chadwick will resign at year's end as bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman, a position he has held since 1976. The church spokesman said South African authorities ordered Bishop Chadwick to leave his residence in Kimberley in March after he attempted to secure the release of two clergymen and several students detained there by police. He moved to Kuruman in the landlocked Republic of Bophuthatswana, but while on a routine visit to Kimberley in May the authorities withdrew a visa exemption allowing him, as a British citizen, to reenter South Africa.