Wednesday, March 31, 2010
SENSELESS DESTRUCTION IN ST PHILIP'S
CBC's website has a picture of the steeple laying on the ground near the church. The supports were clearly sawed off. The report says that someone used ropes to pull it down after it was cut.
This has to be the most vindictive example of anti-heritage preservation that I have ever seen. The Anglican Church had decided to proceed with demolishing the building despite opposition from the community and the church's congregation. In a 6-1 vote, the council refused to issue a demolition order opting to allow the Church By The Sea Committee an opportunity to transform the church into a museum.
The local clergy has been demonstrating some unchristian behavior towards opponents of the plan to tear down the old church. Rev. Edward Keeping has indicated that he plans to make a formal complaint to Municipal Affairs about the conduct of some councilors. He also tore into the chair of the Church By The Sea Committee. The reverend allegedly pointed into Steve Sharpe's face and told him not to come near the church or the cemetery again. It has become a disgraceful public relations exercise for the Anglican Church. I am sure this is not how the church wants to appear to the community.
Whoever the idiot, or idiots, that are responsible for this senseless act of revenge, they have probably done more to assist the Church By The Sea Committee, than harm them. I for one will be making a point of making a financial contribution to the committee to assist with restoration. I am certain that a lot more people will do the same. Perhaps they will find the money needed to complete the restoration and preserve this landmark.
Church By The Sea, Inc. is incorporated as a Not-For-Profit organization. There address is P.O. Box 1894, Stn. C, St. John's NL A1C 5R4.The Church By The Sea, P.O. Box 1894, Stn. C, St. John's NL A1C 5R4.
Posted by Peter L. Whittle