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 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, wrote text on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers, posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 campaigning against child abuse, harassment conviction/restraining order quashed on appeal, convicted 4 continued blogging 2 stop paedophile, providing bore hole + solar powered water pump 4 Gambian village.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

GEORGE PITCHER, THE POPE, CONDOMS AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

Mr Pitcher, in the Telegraph today, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/georgepitcher/5304596/The-Pope-brings-the-Truth-to-the-Middle-East---not-a-peace-plan.html, lauds the Pope as the bringer of Catholic Truth. His task 'to remind the faithful of the will of God to which humankind should aspire'.

In Africa that meant saying that condoms were not the answer to the blight of aids. Re the Middle East that involved rehabilitating Bishop Williamson and his enthusiasm for the beatification of Pius XII, known in some Jewish quarter's as "Hitler's Pope". Thankfully the Pope has moved his position now on some of these areas.

Mr Pitcher takes a swipe at Tony Blair who he carps has made a negligible mark as a Middle East envoy and Cherie Blair who raised the plight of women with the Pontiff. These are just 'heel snappers' in contrast the Pope who 'walks the Holy Lands as part of a far greater and timeless apostolic mission.'

I'm not convinced.

Tony Blair has incarnated himself in the Middle East into much of the painstaking nitty gritty and tiresome diplomatic work from which peace can be the fruit. Cherie Blair used her access to the Pope to remind him of Christ's championing of women's rights and the condom distributors in Africa are perhaps offering the true sacrament of the Body of Christ in seeking to protect life and live in the truth.

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