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Synod is the right body to decide

In a letter to Joanna Norris, Editor of The Press, Archbishop Philip Richardson has backed Bishop Victoria Matthews and the Diocese of Christchurch on their move to place the cathedral's future before diocesan synod.

Archbishop Philip Richardson  |  23 May 2017

Dear Editor 
The Bishop of Christchurch has my full support in taking the decision-making process on the future of the Cathedral in the Square to the Diocesan Synod.

The synod of a diocese is the highest decision making body in the Church.

It is representative of laity and clergy. It is the way the voice of the Church can be heard.  

Bishop Victoria has led her people with courage, integrity and self sacrifice.

Now she places this important decision before the Synod of the Diocese so that the Church can own and take responsibility for it.

That is to be welcomed and respected.

The whole of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia will continue to hold the Diocese of Christchurch in prayer as they address this important issue for Church and city.

Archbishop Philip Richardson