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, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, 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, was 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, not charged, 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 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jon Venables and Robert Thompson

Mr Justice Morland, after the trial, laid the moral responsibility for Venables and Thompson's heinous crime with the parents. Should they not have been sent to prison?

Conveniently now for the lynch mob, the boys have grown up and so are fair target, in their opinion, for our opprobrium or worse.

However the truth is rather different.

Two boys suffered abusive backgrounds and were left to roam unsupervised. 28 adults saw them with a toddler and did nothing. They have been subject to years of our penal rehabilitation programme and at the end of this we are left it seems with broken lives.

Somehow it seems you can punish an abused child yet excuse the abusive parents. Then you can seek vengeance on the abused child when he becomes a man yet excuse the rehabilitaters.

Further, you can excuse even encourage the public level of violent language and vengeful intentions towards Venables and Thompson on the basis of horror at their 10 year old deeds.

Is there anyone brave enough out there to face the fact that evil is in all of us and is all around us? Venables and Thompson made visible what the adults had tried to hide. They acted out explicity the evil that others had done to them. Society is appalled at what they did but not at what was done to them.

Members of the public, who have nothing to do with the trauma of the killing, are baying for their blood because they feel horrified at what they did. Isn't this the same sense of outrage that led the boys to do what they did?

However, instead of satisfying this blood lust and further fragmenting society, we could unite in our horror at all that abuses and degrades and destroys and work together to overcome the power of evil.

That requires the monumental challenge of working to restore and rehabilitate everyone affected in the Bulger catastrophe.

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