St Paul's, people and economy

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Commenting on the Anglican Bishop of London's call for protestors against unjust economics to leave the precincts of St Paul's Cathedral, Jonathan Bartley, co-director of the Christian think-tank Ekklesia, said:

"Many Christians are deeply uncomfortable about Bishop Chartres' position.

"It's a missed opportunity for the Church to show that it is on the side of the people rather than the current economic system.

"There are some very unhappy people within the Church of England. The protesters seem to articulate many of the issues that the church has paid lip-service to.

"Many people are disillusioned with the position St Paul's has adopted.

"To evict rather than offer sanctuary is contrary to what many people think the church is all about. The whole thing has been a car crash."

He was speaking to the Independent and Guardian newspapers.

* Ekklesia is a signatory of the 'Christian solidarity with the Occupy London movement' statement: http://occupylsx.org/?p=388

* See also 'Where is the Church of England’s heart invested?', by Jonathan Bartley and Simon Barrow (2009/11): http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/research/church_of_englands_investments