For Anglican Bishop of Dunedin the Rt Rev Dr Steven Benford belief and community are more important than buildings.
For this reason, neglected churches with struggling congregations should be able to “die with dignity”, he said.
“What does it say to society in general if you have a crumbling place that’s falling down with a sign that says Anglican Church.
“It’s a bit like a funeral for a loved aunt.
“We have to thank God for what’s happened, but acknowledge that things have moved on.”
Dr Benford was ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral in September.
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