Another resignation from St Pauls chapter
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sat Oct 29 12:43:55 BST 2011
Moneychangers throwing the real Jesus followers out of the temple
Soon Bishop Michael will be left alone with just
his Masonic buddies for company
God vs Mammon: Britain takes sides
As St Paul's reopens its doors, the City of
London and the cathedral launch legal actions to
evict demonstrators, another clergyman resigns in
dismay, David Cameron threatens legislation to
ban protest camps and the Archbishop of Canterbury...says nothing
Rev Fraser Dyer 'Why I am resigning from St Pauls'
You say 'cut back', we say 'liberation theology'
Dear Bishop Michael,
I appreciate what a difficult couple of weeks the
Dean and Chapter have had following the
occupation of the cathedral precinct by
protestors campaigning against corporate greed.
You have been much in my thoughts and prayers as
you have navigated the complex issues with which
you have been presented, and the negative press
which arose from the decision to close the
cathedral. I am delighted that a way was found to
reopen the building today which satisfied the
cathedral's duty of care towards its worshippers
and visitors, and have been impressed by the
degree of cooperation that Occupy London offered to enable this to happen.
It has therefore been disappointing to learn of
today's announcement that St Paul's will
instigate legal proceedings seeking the removal
of the protestors. It is particularly poignant
that this announcement comes on the day that IDS
report an increase in top directors' pay of
almost 50% over the last year. I appreciate that
St Paul's has its own means of speaking to the
issue of corporate and financial conduct in the
City, but am sorry that a way could not be found
of - at the very least - continuing to thole the
occupation of the precinct by those with a
genuine and prophetic complaint that has much in
keeping with the values of the gospel.
I only recently joined the cathedral's pastoral
team and it has been a privilege to minister to
the building's many visitors. I was looking
forward to more opportunities to do so. Today,
however, I am left feeling embarrassed by the
position the Dean and Chapter have taken. I do
not relish the prospect of having to defend the
cathedral's position in the face of the
inevitable questions that visitors to St Paul's
will pose in the coming weeks and months,
particularly if we are to see protestors forcibly
removed by police at the Dean and Chapter's
behest. It is therefore with regret that I write
to inform you of my decision to stand down from
the pastoral team with immediate effect.
I continue to wish you well, and a strengthening
of discernment, as the situation continues to
play out. All of the staff and volunteers at St
Paul's remain much in my prayers at this difficult time.
With warmest good wishes,
+44 (0)7786 952037
"Capitalism is institutionalised bribery."
"The maintenance of secrets acts like a psychic
poison which alienates the possessor from the community" Carl Jung
Fear not therefore: for there is nothing covered
that shall not be revealed; and nothing hid that
shall not be made known. What I tell you in
darkness, that speak ye in the light and what ye
hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. Matthew 10:26-27
Die Pride and Envie; Flesh, take the poor's advice.
Covetousnesse be gon: Come, Truth and Love arise.
Patience take the Crown; throw Anger out of dores:
Cast out Hypocrisie and Lust, which follows whores:
Then England sit in rest; Thy sorrows will have end;
Thy Sons will live in peace, and each will be a friend.
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