The demonstrators, who have been outside St Paul’s for two weeks, said they camp will remain “for months” as they campaign for “a future free from austerity, growing inequality, unemployment, tax injustice”.
On Monday the row claimed another victim as the dean of St Paul’s, the Right Rev Graeme Knowles, resigned saying his position was “untenable”.
His departure followed those of canon chancellor Giles Fraser and part-time chaplain Fraser Dyer.
However the dean resigned over the issue on Monday, saying he was leaving with “great sadness” because he felt it was time for a fresh approach to the “complex and vital questions” raised by the protesters.
In his first comments on the situation, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams said the protesters had raised “urgent issues”.
He said: “The events of the last couple of weeks have shown very clearly how decisions made in good faith by good people under unusual pressure can have utterly unforeseen and unwelcome consequences, and the clergy of St Paul’s deserve our understanding in these circumstances.”