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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 09:22 AM
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St Paul's protesters reveal plans for 'touring occupation' of UK's cathedrals
Source: The Independent

The diocese of St Albans has welcomed proposals by protesters camped outside St Paul's Cathedral for more than a month of
The suggestion, made in an email to diocesan bishops, raises the possibility of some of the Occupy London demonstrators leaving St Paul's.

The suggestion, made in an email to diocesan bishops, raises the possibility of some of the Occupy London demonstrators leaving St Paul's.

Campaigners have suggested a "winter Carnival, to roll through all of Britain". It would begin with a candlelit walk from St Paul's and go "through London to St Albans, Southwark, Westminster, and beyond". The note, written by Rachel Mariner, a member of the Occupy London group, suggested that the camps could "go from town to town, following the Putney Debates and opening the carnivals in each town".

A spokesman for the Diocese of St Albans said: "It is good to see the protesters have joined the Church of England and others who are making their voices heard about some of the sharpest injustices in the UK." Protesters would also march from each cathedral to government buildings, where they would hold a "general assembly, airing their grievances in this winter of our discontent" as well as giving lessons on what they see as the church's traditional role "in securing greater liberty for the people". They would also provide help at local food banks, homeless shelters and elder-care centres, according to a report in the Church Times.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/st-pauls...
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 10:50 AM
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1. Dunno about other places...
Edited on Sat Nov-26-11 10:50 AM by T_i_B
...but "Occupy Sheffield" have already decided that the place for them to occupy is outside Sheffield Cathedral.

As far as I can see this is not going to achieve anything. Maybe if the anti-capitalist protesters were to occupy something properly capitalist like a bank they might get somewhere.
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:57 PM
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2. Maybe they're expecting people to bring them
gold, frankincense, and myrrh for Christmas. :shrug:
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RogueBandit Donating Member (168 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:00 PM
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3. Catholic Church highly capitalistic
Nothing much more capitalistic than a world-wide church. Admittedly, many Catholics are very progressive and have some small control of Church financial resources but mostly the higher-ups are primarily interested in increasing wealth (and protecting child molesters. Their wealth is tied in with banks and international corporations. End rant.
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:07 PM
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4. What exactly has the Catholic church got to do with this ?
Our Cathedrals are Anglican - Church of England.
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RogueBandit Donating Member (168 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:12 PM
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5. Oops
My apologies. Anglicans are much poorer than the Pope.
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:38 PM
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6. Exactly.....
In religious terms this is an Anglican issue as they will be the ones affected by this.

But in any case, it's difficult to avoid the conclusion that the Occupy movement has got sidetracked by the issues with St Pauls into becoming more about religion then about capitalism. Now maybe if they went and "occupied" a bank instead....
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