Portsmouth archdeacon steps down from St Paul’s role

SAD Graham Knowles
SAD Graham Knowles

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A FORMER archdeacon of Portsmouth has resigned from his position as dean of St Paul’s Cathedral amid the anti-capitalist protests.

The Right Rev Graeme Knowles said his position was untenable’ amid the encampment outside the London cathedral.

His departure follows those of Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Giles Fraser and part-time chaplain Fraser Dyer.

The cathedral had closed its doors for the first time since the Second World War because of fears over health and safety.

He asked demonstrators to move on, while the former canon chancellor and chaplain resigned because of the way the controversy had been handled, revealing divisions within the cathedral.

Mr Knowles, who was archdeacon of Portsmouth from 1993 to 1999, said: ‘The past fortnight has been a testing time for the chapter and for me personally.

‘It has become increasingly clear to me that, as criticism of the cathedral has mounted in the press, media and in public opinion, my position as dean of St Paul’s was becoming untenable.’

Mr Knowles was the cathedral’s dean for four years.