Saturday 18 November 2017

Anti capitalist protests: Chancellor of St Pauls in London resigns

Ella Pickover

THE chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral has resigned from his post in a row over anti-capitalist protesters occupying the churchyard.

Canon Dr Giles Fraser's resignation has come after reports suggesting a rift between clergy over what action to take concerning the activists.

Cathedral officials said they were "disappointed" that Dr Fraser was leaving but he had told colleagues of his decision today.

Yesterday, the cathedral's dean, the Rt Rev Graeme Knowles, said officials were considering all options in response to the protest, including legal action.

Dr Fraser, who has been sympathetic to the protest camp, said he was prepared to resign over differences in the handling of the demonstration, according to reports.

The former vicar of Putney, south west London, has held the Crown-appointed post since June 2009.

Mr Knowles said: "Giles has brought a unique contribution to the life and ministry of St Paul's and we will be very sorry to see him go.

"He has developed the work of the St Paul's Institute and has raised the profile of our work in the City.

"We are obviously disappointed that he is not able to continue his work with chapter during these challenging days.

"We will miss his humour and humanity and wish Giles and his family every good wish into the future."

A spokeswoman for the cathedral added that the process to appoint Dr Fraser's successor will begin shortly.

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