Church quiet on reports of divisions over cathedral

11:59 am on 9 December 2011

The Anglican Church in Christchurch is staying silent about reports of internal divisions over the future of the Christ Church Cathedral, after revelations it has far more damage than first thought.

The divisions were raised after the resignation of the Dean of the Cathedral Peter Beck this week.

A spokesperson for the dioceses of Christchurch won't comment on reports the Right Reverend Beck wants to save the church and resigned after clashing with Bishop Victoria Matthews on the issue.

The spokesperson told Radio New Zealand that Bishop Matthews is overseas and will comment when she returns next week.

However, he stressed that any decisions made about the cathedral are being made by a committee, after consultation and debate.

The spokesperson says further investigation has shown the cathedral has more damage than first thought.

He says there is no thought, right now, that the cathedral will be demolished.