Wednesday, March 31, 2010

SENSELESS DESTRUCTION IN ST PHILIP'S

A last minute reprieve by the Town Council in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's to stay the demolition of the deconsecrated old Anglican Church was not enough to prevent someone from cutting down the 116 year old building's steeple.

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.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Considering the issues surrounding the last 24 hours events I feel a full fledge investigation by all authorities is warranted. We are not just protecting a 116 year old property . The fact The Anglican Church had decided to proceed with demolishing the building despite opposition from the community and the church's congregation. While ignoring to stay the demolition of the deconsecrated old Anglican Church.
Is appalling.!
Until the culprits are found I will attune this a act of grave violence towards the people of Newfoundland. To this the absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or purpose, on that of the Anglican church of Newfoundland. Shame on all of us!

Greg said...

The only way this story could be better is if the Rev. turns out to be the one who tore down the steeple!! :^)

They might want to think about confiscating all matches and BBQ lighters in St. Phillips.

Greg said...

Wasn't there a cross on the top of that steeple? Find the cross I say.