As if there is not enough happening this weekend re Anglican news Down Under, many Anglicans throughout NZ will have bought the Sunday Star-Times today which has a banner front page headline, "Historic super-cathedral plan." The article underneath it quotes Bishop Victoria re some discussion in Anglican circles of a joint Catholic-Anglican cathedral being built to replace the two damaged cathedrals in our city. The internet version of the article is here. Now I can confirm that a Sunday Star-Times was present when Professor Paul Murray was here in Christchurch recently. I can imagine a clergyperson has had thoughts about a joint cathedral (I have had a few myself). I can imagine that person's bishop may have raised such an idea with Bishop Victoria. I can also believe that Bishop Barry Jones for understandable reasons of Catholic polity wishes to pour cold water on such an idea. But I cannot comment on what Bishop Victoria may or may not have said; or whether there have been such discussions here (say, within the Cathedral Project Group), as I know nothing and our Synod heard nothing about such an idea. So I very much hope that we have a Diocesan press statement soon to clarify what the actual situation is from our point of view.
UPDATE: A new report on Stuff (and in our Press) denies high-level discussions have been taking place.