This story has been rumbling away in Canada for a week or so now. If it wasn't for the Roman catholics hogging all the limelight it would probably be the number one religious news item internationally as well.
"Someone showed up here and used what appears to be chainsaws or saws to cut the wooden support to the steeple. Then the steeple was pulled down, possibly by rope or something like that," CBC News reporter Cecil Haire reported.
The former church was set to be torn down to make way for a graveyard. The Anglican Church had already deconsecrated the 116-year-old building and has been using a new church for several years. Following a public uproar, the town council in Portugal Cove-St. Philip's voted 6-1 on Tuesday night to save the unused church.
After the vote The Reverend Edward Keeping, rector of the community's church, stated that he was "disappointed at how the vote went" and blamed some members of council for having made up their minds before the matter was debated Tuesday night.
Keeping was not persuaded.
"We cannot afford it. We don't have the money," Keeping said.