Another senior cleric at St Paul’s Cathedral in London has resigned in a row over an anti-capitalism protest camp set up outside.
The Dean of the Cathedral, Graeme Knowles, says he and his colleagues have been under considerable strain and his position became untenable.
The church has been criticised for considering the possibility of legal action to evict the protesters.
One demonstrator said: “Does the church stand on the side of the people and its religion, and does it practise what it preaches, or is it controlled by the corporates and the elites who sponsor the churches?”
Another woman said: “We are seeing a lot of different opinions coming out of the church. Many, many Christian people and vicars around the country were here on Saturday talking about having support for the occupation and its call for change. This is an historic opportunity for the church to make a real difference to ordinary people in this country.”
The Chancellor of the cathedral quit on Thursday, saying he opposed any legal action against the camp. And a part-time chaplain has also resigned over the matter.