Comments: St Paul's Cathedral: Monday morning media reports

This is interesting too.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8857458/The-struggle-for-St-Pauls.html


Posted by Richard Ashby at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 9:17am GMT

Yes, but I linked to that yesterday :-)

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 10:25am GMT

On 12 November the Dean will perform the traditional ceremony of blessing the incoming Lord Mayor on the steps of St Paul's, just by the protest camp, during the annual Lord Mayor's Show procession. That will also be a perfect media photo opportunity; and however much the church protests that it blesses everything from budgies to battleships (if not gay relatonships), it will not make for comfortable viewing from the Cathedral's point of view.

Also, recalling the length of time a protest camp has been in Parliament Square, they may be in for a very long haul in terms of clearing such 'intrusion' into the life of the nation, as it were. As things sttand, the procession for the Queen''s jubilee service will have difficulty sweeping round the forecourt of the cathedral next June.

Of course the real issues have nothing to do with such things - but they are media issues and will continue to affect how the situation is perceived in the eyes of the world. No woonderr the cathedral and the city are trying to get the clearance under way.

Posted by peter kettle at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 11:48am GMT

Isn't that nice? The Bishop of London told the protestors, "If you do what we tell you we won't have the cops come in and beat the cr*p out of you."

As I've said many times, capitalism is inherently violent. And having that instrument available to him evidently suits the bishop of London just fine.

Posted by Daniel Berry, NYC at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 12:27pm GMT

I just love the pictures of Dean Knowles in his tailored Watts & Co. pipped cassock addressing the happy campers. And you all thought we Americans didn't understand irony.

Posted by evensongjunkie at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 1:40pm GMT

So the 12th Nov "Blessing of the Lord Mayor" may be the reason for the push to clear out the protestors? Perfect media opportunity indeed. The gold coach and all the fancy dress, civil & ecclesiastical, will make for a quite a contrast with the protestors frightening the horses in the open street.

Posted by Lapinbizarre at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 2:12pm GMT

I just love the pictures of Dean Knowles in his tailored Watts & Co. pipped cassock addressing the happy campers. And you all thought we Americans didn't understand irony.

I have to cry Unfair! While deeply sympathetic to the Occupy forces - and an American not wholly unaware of irony - I do not see what a man’s tailoring has to do with anything; surely the dean of a nationally important cathedral should be well dressed? In fact, I know a rural vicar, hardly wealthy or an enemy of the poor, who scrimps and saves to wear a Watts and Co. cassock because he feels that dressing well when in an official capacity is seemly. Let’s stick to the issues – this is petty.

Posted by Nat at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 4:20pm GMT

And he is a bishop

Posted by John Roch at Monday, 31 October 2011 at 8:51pm GMT

Unfair my better end. I have a wonderful Watts & Co. cathedral surplice and I wouldn't think of wearing it for a minute if I were trying to meet people that I had to genuinely communicate to. You don't go into a meeting with the intent of distancing yourself, that is unless that is your intent to begin with....that's truly petty, and you see the results. There are following photographs, and they're worth a million quid, watching the protestors behind his Very Reverend...very telling. Wake up and smell the coffee (or tea!).

Posted by evensongjunkie at Tuesday, 1 November 2011 at 12:58am GMT

Only a quick response about dress (and I too have a Watts lace cotta, and a lace alb, etc etc) - but the Church in Wales' reputation suffered badly when the then bishop of ?Llandaff turned up in full canonicals at the Aberfan disaster. Not appropriate.

That said, I wear a cassock a lot of the time around the patch, and regard it as 'overall's (and even describe it as such).

Posted by david rowett at Saturday, 5 November 2011 at 8:57pm GMT
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