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Vicar known as The Rambling Reverend defrocked for adultery with bell-ringer who had his baby

A VICAR known as The Rambling Reverend has been defrocked for adultery with a bellringer who then had his baby.

Church chiefs launched a probe into charity walker Dr Chris Stuart, 43, who confessed to having strayed.

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Shamed Dr Chris Stuart, 43, confessed to having strayed[/caption]

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Chris cheated on his wife Sarah[/caption]

Yesterday he confirmed that he had quit St John-in-Bedwardine Church in Worcester after getting a two-year ban from preaching.

The clergyman, who writes a blog called The Rambling Reverend, cheated on wife Sarah, 43, with the unnamed parishioner last year.

He insisted he was not splitting from his missus, saying: “I was on a walking holiday and it made me realise the things important in my life.”

The vicar said his wife had anorexia and he was determined to help her through it.

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The vicar said a walking holiday made him realise the important things in life[/caption]

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The vicar is known as The Rambling Reverend and works at St John-in-Bedwardine[/caption]

She told how she was sticking by him, declaring: “There’s no impending divorce.”

A parishioner said of the vicar’s mistress: “She didn’t think she could have children.

She had a baby boy. It’s almost like a miracle child.”

The Diocese of Worcester’s investigation into Dr Stuart followed a complaint.

A spokesman yesterday said the vicar “admitted conduct unbecoming of a priest, having admitted adultery.”

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The church resides in Worcester[/caption]

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