Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married with 5 children.

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Tear gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, worked with Mother Teresa, escaped a murderer, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, 12 yrs an Anglican, slept on the streets, travelled to Auschwitz, Kenya and Pakistan to promote peace, opened the first inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote a biblical text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his office within the CofE to pioneer independent ministry, baptised 1000's in homes, even on Mount Snowdon + in a circus ring, conducted a wedding underwater, published ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did the first gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers for defamation, co-consecrated the first women bishops for England. Wales and Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass to sex workers, posted it too, was elected Archbishop, arrested for taking his kids onto a roof, not charged - they were harnessed, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, conducted the wedding of the star Jade Goody, was invited to Downing Street, published 'That Old Devil Called God Again'.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


In view of the false and defamatory press release, originally  issued by the Metropolitan Police, which they have now withdrawn  and revised, although it is still defamatory and I have written asking for further revisions:

The correct details are these

Facts that reporting restrictions and the restraining order allow.

I knew a paedophile had abused more than several children.

Over the last two years, I have been involved in a campaign to ensure the paedophile was given no more access to children.

Today I have lodged my application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal.


Here, the application, running to 477 pages, soaks in Divine Love on the altar of the chapel of St Francis, before being taken to be lodged at court.

The context was complex and I had to take considerable risks, along with families of children, who had been abused by him, to achieve this.

Legal action was taken against me to stop me. Reporting restrictions and a restraining order were put in place, preventing any information about the case being known and preventing me continuing my campaign.

So far I have been arrested four times, spent four days and three nights in police cells, been interviewed for 13 hours and threatened with prison.

I was charged originally with harassment and convicted at Bexley Magistrates Court in December 2015 and completed a 140 hour community hour sentence. I appealed immediately and my conviction for harassment was finally quashed, after a year of many court appearances, on appeal, at Woolwich Crown Court in December 2016 and the restraining order was lifted. It is therefore important to be clear, that the police report suggesting that I have been convicted of harassment is false.

However, during 2016, I felt I had no option but to blog, trying to keep within the restraining order, to try and stop the paedophile.

I have liased throughout with the LADO structures, with the police investigating the paedophile and with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse as well as with the families of children who the paedophile has abused.

My blogging succeeded in raising the necessary awareness and created a network between the victims and empowered many to put concerted pressure on the authorities.  The result was that we achieved our critical aim of ensuring the paedophile did not have access to children anymore.

I was convicted on February 13th at Woolwich of four counts of breaching the restraining order imposed upon me in 2015, but subsequently lifted in 2016. The jury found it hard to reach a majority verdict but after 2 hours and 44 minutes, reached a 10-2 majority verdict.

In December, I wrote to the Truth Project of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse about the danger of reporting restrictions and restraining orders being used to obstruct those struggling to protect children from abuse.

The safety of children is of paramount importance to me. I have spent a lifetime working with children, and raise money every year for Save the Children, through our Christmas Lights, and I feel aggrieved that in taking action to protect them, I have fallen foul of the law, without ever wanting to do so.

In time, I hope I will be vindicated and the truth will out.

This has been traumatic for me and for my family, as the emotional cost of taking this action has been high.

However, I am proud of what I have done and my family are proud of me.

Contrary to what D.C. Brown originally posted, I did not appoint myself to be an Archbishop, I was elected as Archbishop by the members of the Open Episcopal Church in 2006.

My church are also proud of me and to show this,  I print some of their messages of support at the end of this press release.

Jesus was crucified a common criminal for his ministry and beliefs and it is part of the Christian tradition to be prepared to suffer injustice in the pursuit of the good.

Because of the restraining order and because of the reporting restrictions I am not prepared to give interviews about this matter or provide any further details.

Archbishop Jonathan Blake


A selection of the messages I have received from priests around the country:

You brave, courageous and wonderful man.
To stand up for the truth in the face of suppression and oppression
is truly an act of a pure heart. 
You have my fullest support always. God works through men like you. Keep up the good work!
Not only do you have my FULL support and FAITH in your actions, I’m confident that you have the support and faith of all in the OEC.
I cannot imagine what you, your family and the other families have gone through and are going through, fortunately most of us are not exposed to this horror.
Thank God there are brave enough people around like you to take action against atrocious people.
It has taken a lot for you to put this to paper and a lot personally to follow 'the courage of your convictions' no matter what the cost.
You are in my heart as always.
Want to assure you of our fullest support this end. Will be keeping you and your family in our prayers and if there is anything you need or anything you think we can do to help then, please, do not hesitate to ask. 
What an absolute nightmare that you were left with no choice but to put yourselves on the line in this way to safeguard the children. Thank you for your bravery and for all those nights of loss of sleep.  There is no doubt that you are being the best and most caring of Bishops and know that you will always shine a light of righteousness to an unjust situation. But It is unbelievable  that you have been targeted for protecting children from danger and are  being sanctioned for daring  to share truths about real circumstances.  And outrageous that you are having to be restrained in so many ways for exposing the ongoing abuse; the frustration and pain at this unfair system is unbearable.
 I am so sorry that you  and Annette and the family have had to go through this awful ordeal in the pursuit of justice for the safeguarding of children. You unquestionably have my full support and I am sure the support of all our sisters and brothers in the OEC. 

I feel that most of us would not be brave enough to have taken the stance you have in face of all the opposition you have received but I am sure that in time the truth will come out and you  will be proved to have been right in taking the action you did. Until that time you must take comfort in the fact that you can hold your head up high knowing that what you have done is right and justified.

         I am proud to be part of a church that has you as our Archbishop . You are and always have been the most honourable, kind and caring person and we could not have a better person to lead us and I would not want anyone else to do so..

It is absolutely right that you should speak out against child abuse and identify the perpetrators. There have been too many cases where institutions have hidden abuse cases and are now coming to light.: not just churches but a variety of organisations.  It is secrecy that perpetuates such abuse. If people do not speak out then the abuse continues. Well done for speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves.
I am sorry that you and Annette have suffered because of your belief of what is true and right.  Be uplifted that you have saved others from further abuse. Therefore your efforts have not been in vain. 
The institutions of GB are shown to be centres of abuse  now and historically and time has come to uncover and speak out. This allows victims to be empowered and to understand that they are blameless. 

So dear Jonathan I applaud you for your bravery, your courage and sense of righteousness. As ever you have my support and love in Christ 
Others have sent me supportive messages also. 

I just wanted to send you an email as I saw the newspaper article and have since seen your side of the story straight afterwards and the fact that the police have since withdrawn.
It sounds like you have been through absolute hell and I'm so sorry that sometimes the good we do, causes us pain. Only know that God sees the good in you and all that you tried to do and it will never go unnoticed by spirit.
Although it must be so hard, try and move on from this and continue to be the kind and courageous man that you are.

What a joke. The justice system have this wrong. I've known Jonathan for years and he is a kind and caring person. He opens his home to anyone. I truly consider Jonathan Clive Blake to be one of the kindest person' s I know. His 3 boys are lucky to have him as their father. I consider it a privilege to know Jonathan Blake.
Thank you for being brave for these poor abused children . Be proud. I know you always speak out where others would rather bury things.
I’m so sorry to hear that you have had to go through this ordeal in order to bring justice and protect vulnerable children, sending you a great big hug and my hope that this will all come right in the end.
A family for whom I am taking a Baptism, on reading about this wrote to me:

Jonathan we are thrilled to have you - keep up the good work x
I just need you to know I admire your courage and you have my support without a doubt.
As always I thank you for all that you do, and you can be assured that my trust in your work is as strong as ever.
This doesn't have any bearing on our decision to have you lead our wedding service.
You have only tried to fight for justice for those unable to defend themselves, and I'm sure most people would applaud that, even if the law does not.
Such a brave action, be proud, sending you love x
I would still love you to do our wedding, hope the stress becomes a distant memory soon x
We would still love for you to be involved in our service, we can only admire what you have done and what you have been through.
I am so sorry to hear of all the heartache you and your family have been through.  To be falsely accused is unbearable and a lesser person would have been on their knees by now.   There is always a cost to standing up - sadly the cost is often weighed up against standing up which often leads to things not being addressed. You can surely hold your head up - but the cost to your well-being and your family should not be underestimated by the rest of us. I am only too well aware of such costs.Know you are held in closely in prayer, thought and high regard.
I had indeed seen some media reports and was of course shocked to see your good name associated with restraining orders and such like! And I of course assumed this must of all come with good reason.

Having read with interest your account and seen the subsequent media and police ‘backtracking’ etc. I just wanted to assure you that you have my full backing here and I wanted to say that my feelings are that of admiration but not surprise that you should put yourself in a such a position to help others!

I would like to think that if faced with a similar scenario myself I would act the same to protect the interests of children but wether I would be able to display the same level of bravery when faced with the personal consequences that potentially this could bring is another matter indeed!  

I do hope things are ok with you and your family? And l look forward to working with you again soon, the feedback, thanks and good wishes I receive from families is testament to you and the excellent level of service you provide and more importantly care that you give to those you help through such difficult times.
I did see the article but we are still more than happy for you to do our service, there will be no embarrassment at all for us, or our guests, so please, yes, we still want you.

The original Police Press Release was this: -

which they have now changed to

The Evening Standard had run also with the false details the police first issued and I had put them on warning of a claim for defamation - they have now corrected parts of the article.

I have also placed the News Shopper on notice of defamation proceedings for their defamatory article at:

They have since amended the article considerably and carried a correction also at:

I have also written to the Daily Mail asking for certain corrections to avoid a claim for defamation. We are 'old friends', my having sued them for defamation, over three years, at the turn of the century. They have now altered parts of their article, but some changes still need to be made.

I have also written to the Sun. The Thread of defamatory comments that have been spawned throughout the day originated with the erroneous police press release that they quickly withdrew and revised. I will be pursuing the police for a considerable amount of damages for this.



I've got nothing to do today but smile.
Paul Simon


Monday, February 13, 2017



The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light.
Ram Dass

Saturday, February 11, 2017



The love we give away is the only love we keep.
Elbert Hubbard

Wednesday, February 08, 2017


Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, February 07, 2017





Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Khalil Gibran

Monday, February 06, 2017


"The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe."
Joanna Macy

Sunday, February 05, 2017



Speak from the heart and the truth will be shown.
Jean Paul-Alice