Friday, March 2, 2012
Got a spare $50 million?
The decision has been announced, our cathedral is to be brought down to safe levels (mostly to around 2m - 3m high). Read all about it here. But read the sums mentioned carefully. Even a new cathedral on a relatively modest scale will not be cheap. I hope we discuss this. The world today is not the world of 1850. Should we be spending tens of millions of dollars on a large building when ... [insert problems of today's world here]? What is the best witness we bring through the building of a new cathedral? One that satisfies the history-induced expectations of the Canterbury public? Or one that is affordable in the context of today's troubled world?