Clerics Suppress Report on Bankers’ Greed to Save Church Embarrassment

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Brian Brady and Jane Merrick report in the Independent:

A highly critical report into the moral standards of bankers has been suppressed by St Paul’s Cathedral amid fears that it would inflame tensions over the Occupy London tent protest.

The report, based on a survey of 500 City workers who were asked whether they thought they were worth their lucrative salaries and bonuses, was due to be published last Thursday, the day that the Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s, Giles Fraser, resigned in protest at the church’s tough stance.

But publication of the report, by the St Paul’s Institute, has been delayed in an apparent acknowledgement that it would leave the impression that the cathedral was on the side of the protesters.

The Independent on Sunday understands that the decision has upset a number of clergy, who hoped that the report would prove that the church was not detached from a financial crisis that had its heart yards from the cathedral itself. The decision will fuel the impression that the wider established church is attempting to stifle debate about the tent protest, as leading members of the Church of England, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, have failed to comment publicly about Occupy London.

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  • Anonymous

    How can one to purport to serve the supreme being and yet be so completely spineless? 

    Clergy, clergy, clergy, you’re really making your boss look bad….

  • GoodDoktorBad

    How can one to purport to serve the supreme being and yet be so completely spineless? 

    Clergy, clergy, clergy, you’re really making your boss look bad….

  • D^rail

    pretty sure Jesus said the meek shall inherit the earth not a handful of rich fucks.  

  • D^rail

    pretty sure Jesus said the meek shall inherit the earth not a handful of rich fucks.  

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    It must be really hard to be a social conservative and still feel an obligation to be forthright about scientific findings or incontrovertible data…when it pretty much makes your team look like complete douchebags. I’ve never actually experienced that agony…since I’ve spent much of this lifetime in search of accuracy rather than comfort. I admit…sometimes it wasn’t pleasant…but I never sat there looking in the mirror and knowing that I had to lie to defend a belief system.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    It must be really hard to be a social conservative and still feel an obligation to be forthright about scientific findings or incontrovertible data…when it pretty much makes your team look like complete douchebags. I’ve never actually experienced that agony…since I’ve spent much of this lifetime in search of accuracy rather than comfort. I admit…sometimes it wasn’t pleasant…but I never sat there looking in the mirror and knowing that I had to lie to defend a belief system.

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