See preceding article for Guardian reports. But the front page picture of the Dean of St Paul’s is here.
Victoria Ward Bishop of London branded hypocrite as he backs St Paul’s protest… and eviction
And by way of historical background, Boris Johnson writes about Mellitus, the saint who retook London from barbarians.
Paul Calahan Bishop comes face to face with protesters – but won’t back down
…A spokesman said the Dean and the cathedral are considering “all options”.
As well as a scaled-down tented protest, it is understood St Paul’s is open to the idea of having a tent inside the cathedral “for as long as necessary”.
All sides agree any eviction would only follow months of legal wrangling. Meanwhile, protesters remain adamant they will not be moving.
Yesterday, one protester, Tammy Semede, told the Bishop, Dean and assembled crowd the Church’s stance had caused her doubts about her faith.
“I went for Communion [in the cathedral] and didn’t feel I was able. The Church’s behaviour has affected my faith,” she said.
One piece of good news for St Paul’s was the decision by a cathedral canon to stay. Canon Mark Oakley was said to be considering resigning but yesterday used Twitter to confirm he will not…
From Twitter: @CanonOakley: For clarity – I’m not resigning. I’d like to play my part for the future of St P’s work and witness.
New York Times John F Burns ‘Occupy’ Protest at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London Divides Church