Bishop of Truro says Church of England has 'six years'

The Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton
Image caption The Bishop of Truro says the Church of England must act to save itself

The Bishop of Truro has said the Church of England has only "five or six years" to save itself.

The Right Reverend Tim Thornton said "radical changes" were needed to halt a "steady decline".

Bishop Thornton previously said the Church of England would struggle to exist in 10 years.

Speaking on Radio Cornwall, he said: "I'd been saying that for a while now so I think we have to come down and say it's five or six years."

Bishop Thornton said analysis of attendance figures was "all showing one thing".

He said: "I fear that we are on a steady decline at the moment."

The Diocese of Truro voted on 8 November 2014 for a 28% increase in the amount of money it needs from local churchgoers to reduce a £1.2m deficit over the next year.

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