Supporters of the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest take part in a mass meditation on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. The senior St. Paul's Cathedral priest who welcomed anti-capitalist demonstrators to camp outside the London landmark resigned Thursday, saying he feared moves to evict the protesters could end in violence. Other senior clergy and politicians urged the campers to leave peacefully, as the cathedral announced it would reopen to the public Friday after a weeklong closure triggered by the demonstrators' tents. (AP photo/Matt Dunham)
LONDON (AP) -- The Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London says
he's resigning following criticism over the church's handling of
anti-capitalist protests on its grounds.
Clergy have been divided over how to handle the scores of tents,
inspired by New York's Occupy Wall Street movement, that are set up
outside the iconic cathedral.
The Rev. Graeme Knowles said Monday that as criticism of the cathedral has mounted, his position has become untenable.
He said in a statement that he is stepping down "with great sadness" to allow for new leadership.
On Sunday, clergymen and demonstrators held talks aimed at
avoiding a violent confrontation over the camp.
The protests forced the cathedral to close for a week on health and safety grounds.
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