Christchurch diocesan synod has voted to reinstate ChristChurch Cathedral in the Square

[Anglican Taonga] The New Zealand Diocese of Christchurch’s synod has voted to reinstate ChristChurch Cathedral in the Square rather than replace or give away the historic building.

Bishop Victoria Matthews expressed delight Sept. 9 that the synod came to a clear decision. “Where there could have been rancour and name-calling, instead there was deep respect,” she said. “Synod members with very different opinions spoke to one another with grace and dignity.”

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Editor’s note: Earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011 left the landmark cathedral in ruins. Years of debate and legal action delayed a decision until now.

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