A very English coup at St Paul’s Cathedral?

Do we have some kind of South American style regime change in St Paul’s Cathedral?
The governing Chapter of St Paul’s put out this “clarifying” statement this morning, to distance themselves from the announcement by the Corporation of London that they were proceeding with legal action to evict the protestors camped outside. According to BBC News, The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres,  has taken over running the Cathedral since the resignation of the Dean, who headed the chapter. The Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser had resigned last week. It’s understand that there’s deep division within the Chapter over the pressure applied by the Corporation of London, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Home Secretary to clear the camp. Many Anglican priests, including The Bishop of Whitby have spoken publically about their opposition to the way the Cathedral has been handling the issue of the camp. Why is Bishop Chartres so strong willed over backing the Corporation of London? A question definitely worth investigating today.
St Paul’s Cathedral
For Immediate Use
1 November 2011
Point of Clarification
News reports this morning suggesting that the Corporation of London and St Paul’s Cathedral are serving notices on the protestors are inaccurate.
The Cathedral emphasised this morning that it is the Corporation of London and NOT the Cathedral which is serving notice today.
Members of Chapter met yesterday following the resignation of the Dean and are due to meet with the Bishop of London today.
The Chapter have not yet sought an injunction nor are they serving notices on the protestors today.
They are committed to a peaceful resolution at all costs.
Further announcements will be made in due course.

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