Beer in the Cathedral

Do you agree that in times of stress we are wise to further develop our sense of humour ?

I laughed, (although perhaps I shouldn’t have), when I learned, several years ago through the media, that a cathedral in another Newfoundland outport had been sold, and was going to be turned into a brewery !

The name of the brewery caused me further amusement, since it will be called ‘The Yellow Belly Brewery’. Perhaps the name is appropriate, since selling the historic cathedral as a place to brew alcohol appears to be a cowardly thing to do.

Of course, the town’s parishioners were greatly divided at the decision.

Some lamented, since their ancestors had helped build the church, and it has been the focal point of the community for generations.

Other residents felt less nostalgic, thinking only that ‘times are changing’. Membership had dropped, there was no money for repairs, and the brewery would provide some employment.

Yesterday I checked progress on the brewery, and I could not find any evidence that it is now running. Apparently, beer is not yet flowing in the cathedral.

Perhaps God is not pleased with the proposed project, although the church hierarchy made the deal with the brewery.

The Lord knows that, unfortunately, there are already way too many people with addictions to alcohol in Newfoundland.

Photo is of the cathedral in Harbour Grace, NL

32 thoughts on “Beer in the Cathedral

  1. That is a tragedy,all that the Pastors had taught the parishioners about a holy place has become useless.That’s why Jesus had said ‘Don’t cast pearls before the swines’.It’s very significant fact for those who are asking why are people dying of Covid?If the Father’s house is let to brew beer then the Father must have gone to live in some other planet hence he is not able to help us in the event of the pandemic.When we don’t need the father and his house then why do we need the Father’s help?What do you say ?What’s your opinion?I am shocked to know about this incident .Thank you very much for sharing.Take care.πŸŒΉπŸ˜ŠπŸ™

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    1. Hi Francis !
      I completely agree with you.
      God must be so offended by what He sees happening.

      I believe that it is an extreme tragedy that the cathedral was sold, and I believe that God is never mocked, and that He must be getting angrier by the day.
      Thanks, Francis, for your comment. πŸ˜„

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  2. The Catholic church selling out a community church to the world (thirty pieces of silver!) Is tragic but not unheard of. In the UK it is not uncommon to see once holy sites converted to furniture stores or even nightclubs. The saddest thing in the UK is the evil perpetrated by Buckfast Abbey in England, who brew cheap wine and sell it in huge amounts to impoverished cities and thus reinforce the grasp of alcoholism. When the Lord returns these churches will reap their deserved reward.

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    1. Hi again Alan !
      I did some further research on Buckfast Abbey and was reading about the particularly strong alcohol that is brewed there and how it contributes to social problems in the UK.
      Thanks for making us aware of this.
      Indeed, Jesus is watching the pastors (shepherds) who are sincerely leading the sheep, and those hirelings who are leading them astray. πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

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      1. Yes Buckie as it’s known colloquially is a big problem in all the cities and towns in Scotland, amongst young people and hardened alcoholics. When you factor in the money made by Buckfast it costs our NHS millions of pounds every year treating the aftermath.

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      2. Yes, Alan, I saw the advertisements for Buckie. From what I read, the brew is so powerful that it’s not for sale in North America.
        Things like these are sad, and I like the comment you made about ‘thirty pieces of silver’.
        Still, as sad as these things are, the Lord sees our indignation about them, but asks us nevertheless to stay steadily focused on Him, as He, of course, will ultimately deal with those who are leading the sheep astray. Thanks so much for your input.πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  3. Looked up YellowBelly Brewery, and apparently it is a small, but growing chain.
    We have a Joe Bologna’s Pizzeria that is in a former church building in downtown Lexington.
    When Anita and I drove by my old church in Newport, R.I., I was surprised that it is now apartments.
    As there is a drifting from ‘traditional religion’ we will see more closures.
    In America, I predict that within two more presidential cycles (~12 years) church property will no longer be tax exempt which will force closure of many. Not sure if that is a bad thing though, if people only give to church for what they get in tax exemptions.
    The ones that remain will be the ones that matter, that teach our kingdom is not of this world.
    Maranatha! Even so, come Lord Jesus!

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    1. Hi !
      Yes, YellowBelly Brewery is growing. Many Newfoundlanders enjoy beer. ( but not me…πŸ€—). Wow, a Pizzeria in a former church building.
      There is indeed a drifting away from traditional religion.

      Here, in Newfoundland, we have been particularly hard hit by priest scandals, and thus many church buildings are for sale, to compensate victims.
      I really agree, c.a. , that the churches that remain will be the ones that matter.

      I also see the movement to smaller home type churches, like those of the first Christiians.
      Perhaps the Lord is also using this time to remind us that ‘the Church’ is a spiritual body made of the ‘living stones’ of individual believers.
      Thanks for commenting. 🌷🌼

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      1. Your friend is blessed. For me, that is the preferred way to worship.
        However, God sees, and acknowledges our individuality and preferred ways to worship and honour Him. Thanks. 🌷🌼

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  4. What a beautiful building! Your post reminded me of “The Monastery” in Seattle which was one of the first gay and after hours clubs which opened while I was at student at the University of Washington. Sadly, it was in a Methodist Church which was built in the early 1900s. They loved the shock value of it and thumbing their nose at religion.

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    1. Wow, that is interesting. Many former church buildings have been used in ways that are disrespectful to their original purposes. Thanks for your comment. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  5. Please allow me to take a somewhat different angle, Sally. A church is much more than a building. It is a group of liked-minded believers who join together for the furtherance of the gospel and the glory of God. Yes, it’s sad to see grand cathedrals sold to the highest bidder and then used for more mundane (or even profane) purposes. Yet God doesn’t necessarily reside in a building, but in the hearts of His children. A β€œchurch β€œ can be anywhere a body of believers chooses to gather. I do see your point, though. So many memories are linked to these beautiful buildings where generations have worshipped. It’s sad to see them used in any other way.
    Blessings!

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    1. So true, David. Thanks. We are all individual ‘living stones’ in a Spiritual body, the living church.

      When I saw the notice of the cathedral sold to the brewery, for me, it was another emotional blow, since the same Bishop authorized gambling games called ‘Chase the Ace’, which raised thousands of dollars for parishes at risk of having their churches closed ( suppressed). The gambling caught media attention, and Newfoundland caught international recognition, not for spreading the gospel, but for the crowds that were coming to gamble at the churches….
      One particular tiny fishing village, called Bay de Verde, caused a media sensation for the size of the ‘jackpot’ It was offering !
      Let us give thanks for the churches that are continuing to flourish, where, as you rightly say, believers join together for the glory of God.
      May God, in his great mercy, grant us more churches created for his honour.
      I appreciate your insightful comment. πŸ€—πŸŒ·πŸŒΌ

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    1. I thought you might understand my thoughts.

      It came at a time when churches on our island were also holding gambling games called ‘Chase the Ace’, which brought international recognition to our island, but for all the wrong reasons…
      Thousand were coming to our churches, but not to hear the gospel. They were coming to gamble, hoping to win the ‘jackpot’.
      Thanks for your comment. πŸ€—

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      1. Yes, for sure, it is.
        Hopefully, where you are, the parishes are thriving, and doing well. This is as our Lord wills it.
        However, other areas, members of the Universal Church have suffered greatly from clergy abuse, and other scandals.
        However, since we are all members of the Body of Christ, we pray for those whose faith has been injured , since these are the people that Christ longs so much to comfort. Above all, we know that God sees, and has always seen what has gone on. πŸ€—πŸŒΌπŸŒ·

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  6. Oh so sad they did this. But the “world” seems to want to erase anything GOD. Let’s remember too that we are the Church, the Body of Christ. Our Pastor always reminds us that we gather so that we can scatter and spread the Gospel. I too believe everyone’s future will be in home Churches.

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    1. That is wise : ‘we gather so we can scatter and spread the Gospel’.
      May our Lord continue to bless us as we do this.
      I greatly appreciate your comment. 🌼🌷

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