According to a statement posted on the Cathedral’s website, the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul’s have decided to pursue legal action this morning to remove the #Occupy London protestors camped out on the close.
“The Chapter has previously asked the encampment to leave the cathedral precinct in peace. This has not yet happened and so, following the advice of our lawyers, legal action has regrettably become necessary.
The Chapter only takes this step with the greatest reluctance and remains committed to a peaceful solution. At each step of the legal process the Chapter will continue to entreat the protesters to agree to a peaceful solution and, if an injunction is granted, will then be able to discuss with the protesters how to reach this solution.
Theirs is a message that the Chapter has both heard and shares and looks forward to engaging with the protesters to identify how the message may continue to be debated at St Paul’s and acted upon.”
Hat tip to Thinking Anglicans where there is more.
A second clergy person at St. Paul’s has announced his resignation this morning.
The BBC has an excellent overview of the situation as it stands this morning posted here.
Bishop Alan Wilson has some thoughts on the reaction (over-reaction?) of the leadership of St. Paul’s to the protestors “occupation” posted here on his blog.
We’ll be watching the Twitter reports and news posts all morning and updating here as appropriate.