Hearing for interim injunction to protect old Portugal Cove-St. Philips church set over indefinitely

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The mystery of who toppled the steeple from the old Anglican Church in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's may never be solved.
A lawyer for the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's requested in court today that its hearing for an interim injunction to protect the church be set over indefinitely as the town, the parish and the Diocesan Synod of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador are progressing in talks to determine the fate of the church.
Even Justice David Orsborn commented that he won't get to ask his questions to find out what happened in the town that led to someone ripping the steeple off the church just after 8 a.m. on March 31. It was the morning after council voted to reject the parish's application to demolish the 116-year-old building.
Following the steeple incident, the town posted security outside the old church and approached Newfoundland Supreme Court for an interim injunction to stop any attempt to demolish the church.
The building had been vacant for years. The parish wanted to tear it town and expand its graveyard.
The identity of those who toppled the steeple remains unknown and the town had offered a $500 reward for information leading to their identity.
The steeple incident outraged people in the community and made national news.

Organizations: Philips church, Anglican Church

Geographic location: Portugal Cove, Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Keith
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    Excellent news! I hope that they successfully reach a compromise that works for all - and that whatever the parties agree to, the community and parish support it and find a way to put the past bickering behind them, and move forward together.

  • Not a Tucker
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    The Town, Parish and Diocese are progressing in talks to determine the fate of the former church?

    Wonderful!

    Co-operation is finally happening in this much-embattled community.

    Amen!

  • What a
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Great, so now it will just rot away and create a hazard for anyone that goes near it. Guess the church better put up no trespassing signs and large fences.

  • kerry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    In regards to Anglican church in portugal cove/st. phillips. I have 2 questions. First how is it the town council can pay some one to watch over someother peoples propert? Second they hav issued a reward for the person /people responible for damages. If this happens ,I believe said council of portugal cove/st.phillips would then have to do the same for all citizens and property owners in the town .When did the Town coucil elect itself to this position? Hold on people we will supply all property owners will guards and reward monies? Really

  • Manuel
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Who cares who toppled the steeple? its a church that has for years taken from the people and they want to keep it as a reminder of what. Child abuse or the years of theft by the churches in this province. Far as im concerned most of these people need to be admitted to the waterford for an evaluation. Any grown man or woman in todays age has enough sense to know no GOD would allow things to happen the way they are. Any person who would bow to something they cannot see or have no proof of should be considered crazy.
    If i was on george sreet on my knees praying to my god i would be commited. Becasue they do it ina building deemed to be gods house they are better then us. Better yet how about all the tax the church should pay. They are no better then us yet pay no tax. Collecting hundreds of millions every year only to rub it in your face and pay nothing in the way of tax. Does that make sense to anyone. I pay a fortune in tax and get nothing but useless roads and water lines that are failing every week. Yet the church has the ability to keep people with warrants for their arrest. Is this not a criminal offense? Wake up people the faster we get rid of religion here the better. Less abuse all around.

  • Keith
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    Excellent news! I hope that they successfully reach a compromise that works for all - and that whatever the parties agree to, the community and parish support it and find a way to put the past bickering behind them, and move forward together.

  • Not a Tucker
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    The Town, Parish and Diocese are progressing in talks to determine the fate of the former church?

    Wonderful!

    Co-operation is finally happening in this much-embattled community.

    Amen!

  • What a
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Great, so now it will just rot away and create a hazard for anyone that goes near it. Guess the church better put up no trespassing signs and large fences.

  • kerry
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    In regards to Anglican church in portugal cove/st. phillips. I have 2 questions. First how is it the town council can pay some one to watch over someother peoples propert? Second they hav issued a reward for the person /people responible for damages. If this happens ,I believe said council of portugal cove/st.phillips would then have to do the same for all citizens and property owners in the town .When did the Town coucil elect itself to this position? Hold on people we will supply all property owners will guards and reward monies? Really

  • Manuel
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Who cares who toppled the steeple? its a church that has for years taken from the people and they want to keep it as a reminder of what. Child abuse or the years of theft by the churches in this province. Far as im concerned most of these people need to be admitted to the waterford for an evaluation. Any grown man or woman in todays age has enough sense to know no GOD would allow things to happen the way they are. Any person who would bow to something they cannot see or have no proof of should be considered crazy.
    If i was on george sreet on my knees praying to my god i would be commited. Becasue they do it ina building deemed to be gods house they are better then us. Better yet how about all the tax the church should pay. They are no better then us yet pay no tax. Collecting hundreds of millions every year only to rub it in your face and pay nothing in the way of tax. Does that make sense to anyone. I pay a fortune in tax and get nothing but useless roads and water lines that are failing every week. Yet the church has the ability to keep people with warrants for their arrest. Is this not a criminal offense? Wake up people the faster we get rid of religion here the better. Less abuse all around.