THE LIVERPOOL diocese has retaliated against last week's Press allegations that the Metropolitan Cathedral is "crumbling", calling the report "inaccurate and misleading".
A statement issued by the diocesan Press office said it was well known that there was trouble with the cathedral roof, but added that the cathedral maintenance committee had instructed "architects/structural engineers" some months ago to make a detailed survey of the situation.
It said a full report was still awaited, and that until this report was studied no further statement would be made "because of possible legal implications."
The statement also referred to reports in January of this year that the cathedral had been built of alumina cement, and that it was structurally unsound. It said that such allegations had been denied by the diocese at the time, and that these denials were now repeated because of the renewed controversy over the cathedral structure.
The diocese has given no hint of when the expected report on the cathedral will be available. Although it has refuted any suggestions that the cathedral structure poses a threat to the public, it has not made an outright denial that there are structural problems, nor has it absolutely denied the main thrust of the story — that legal action against the architect and consultant engineer could be a possibility.