True godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavour to mend it. — William Penn
I cannot support using violence to ask people to clear off the land. It is not about my sympathies or what I believe about the camp. I support the right to protest and in a perfect world we could have negotiated. But our legal advice was that this would have implied consent. — Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Reverend Giles Fraser
It is with great regret and sadness that I have handed in my notice at St Paul’s Cathedral. — Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Reverend Giles Fraser
Yesterday evening Flash Evensong performed an impromptu evensong on the the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.
I caught a glimpse of it as an intro on World Tonight (last night news on Radio 4) to an excellent interview with the Editor of the Church Times who was highly critical of the closure of St Paul’s and said if St Paul’s sided with the City of London they would be siding with the wrong side. He added that the protesters had strong church support and that a poll in Church Times had given them 2/3 support.
Yesterday St Paul’s announced they hoped to re-open on Friday having engaged in talks with the protest camp, which begs the question why did they close?
Flash Evensong will perform evensong on Friday evening and there will be a service on the steps of St Paul’s Saturday afternoon.
This morning the very sad news that Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral Rev Dr Giles Fraser had resigned. This opens the way to hardliners in cahoots with the City of London to clear the camp.
- St Paul’s row: Giles Fraser resigns
- Canon of St Paul’s: church cannot answer peaceful protest with violence
- Statement regarding resignation of Reverend Canon Dr Giles Fraser
- God Bless Giles Fraser
Bishop Selby on Radio 4 World at One lunchtime news today said it was very sad news to hear of the resignation of Giles Fraser. He was concerned this would put St Paul’s on the side of the City Of London who he called duplicitous.
Speaking for St Paul’s, Rev Rob Marshall said St Paul’s had strong links with the City of London.
Writing in the Evening Standard the Bishop of London gave the impression of having lost the plot! Maybe the Bishop should move out of his palace and spend a week living in a tent outside St Paul’s.