Safety will be the a main consideration when the future of the badly earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral is considered, the Anglican Church said today.
Speculation is rife in Christchurch that the cathedral will be bulldozed. Yesterday the church refused to comment.
But today the Diocese of Christchurch issued a statement saying it is considering all options for all of its churches, buildings and other facilities following the recent quakes.
"This is a challenging and complex process and extensive consultation is required with a range of stakeholders along with the need to commission expert analysis and technical reports," said Bishop Victoria Matthew.
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"With all sites, including the Christchurch Cathedral in the central city, safety is the first priority.
"A final decision won't be made until all of the information and reports are received by the various church entities and the options and ramifications considered.
"With regards to the interim ministry of the Cathedral, again all the options, including the feasibility of the cardboard Cathedral concept, are being fully investigated and considered.
"There will be a formal announcement once a decision is made on the future of each of the churches and facilities including the Christchurch Cathedral and the location of the interim ministry."