Statement of Sheffield Cathedral on the demonstration by Occupy Sheffield
In view of the occupation of the Cathedral churchyard today by Occupy Sheffield, the Dean of Sheffield, the Very Reverend Peter Bradley, issued the following statement on behalf of the Cathedral’s governing body, the Cathedral Chapter:
The protestors do not have the Cathedral’s permission to use the churchyard. The Cathedral does however respect the protestors’ right to make their voice heard. Some of what they are saying is very important.
For over twenty years the Cathedral has worked with partners throughout the city and region to give a voice to the homeless, the most vulnerable people in our community. It is our hope that the care the Cathedral Archer Project offers to many very needy people will not be impeded or reduced by the presence of protestors here.
The Cathedral remains open to visitors and for worship and prayer. The Cathedral Archer Project will also maintain its regular opening hours.