Archbishop: ‘Jesus would be at Occupy London protest’

10:32 06 December 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams

Archant

The Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed Jesus would be a part of the Occupy London protest at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Dr Rowan Williams said he would be asking “awkward” questions of all those involved, including campaigners, bankers and clergy.

The protesters have been camped outside St Paul’s for 52 days since October 15, demonstrating against economic inequality, the lack of affordable housing, social injustice, corporate greed and the influence of companies and lobbyists on government.

“What would Jesus do (about the protest)? He’d first of all be there: sharing the risks, not just taking sides but steadily changing the entire atmosphere by the questions he asks of everybody involved, rich and poor, capitalist and protester and cleric,” Dr Williams said.

“Christmas doesn’t commemorate the birth of a super-good person who shows us how to get it right every time, but the arrival in the world of someone who tells us that everything could be different.”

The Archbishop’s remarks come ahead of the camp facing an eviction hearing at the High Court on December 19 after the City of London Corporation started legal action to remove tents from the public highway.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London politics news

Monday, May 18, 2015
Your future Mayor? [Image from YouTube]

Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, Ivan Massow, has transformed himself into a cartoon character in order to get the top job.

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Protestors are surrounded by police (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

All but one of 15 people arrested during a spontaneous anti-austerity protest against the new Tory government have been bailed, police said today.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Voters in Hampstead voted for Ronnie Carroll, who is dead (PA)

A total of 113 people voted for a parliamentary candidate who died four weeks before the election.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Ed Balls has lost his seat (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Ed Balls became the highest-profile casualty of a disastrous General Election performance for Labour, losing his seat to the Conservatives in a shock result. Twitter reacted to his demise...

Friday, May 8, 2015
Simon Hughes has lost his Bermondsey and Old Southwark seat after more than three decades (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Much-loved senior Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes has lost his Bermondsey and Old Southwark seat after 32 years.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has won a seat in Uxbridge and South Ruislip in west London (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

Boris Johnson has succeeded in his bid for a Commons comeback after winning the seat for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in west London.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Read more