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LETTER: Anglican Cathedral annex cannot be built on sacred ground

An architectural rendering of the proposed annex to be built adjacent to the Anglican Cathedral in downtown St. John’s.
An architectural rendering of the proposed annex to be built adjacent to the Anglican Cathedral in downtown St. John’s. - Juanita Mercer

I was listening to an interview with a MUN historian, Robert Sweeny, about the Anglican Cathedral in downtown St. John’s yesterday and today about adding on an extension that it would involve the cemetery.

As he stated, this is sacred ground and must not be disturbed.

I’m shocked to hear the Anglican minister talk as if this was a piece of an old property.

Where is his respect for the dead? This must not be allowed to happen.

This is the same as anyone going over to Beaumont Hamel and digging up the graves of our war dead, or building something over there.

This is beyond my human comprehension!

The city must not allow this sacred ground to be touched. What’s happening to people’s morals? What is sacred, is not sacred anymore?

Woe unto people who call evil good, and good evil. People are becoming polar opposites, especially Christians. God will judge on that great day, no mistake about that.

Thousands of people are buried there, like 10,000 to 20,000.

This has to be stopped in its tracks, immediately.

Imagine if my mother or father was buried there, or another relative?

Is the parish minister losing his senses? What is God thinking? The same as I am. Respect the dead, please. I should never have to write about this.

Clifton Small,
St. John’s


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