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 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

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE IS INNOCENT - HE HELPED STOP A PAEDOPHILE

I have been hailed a hero
(i don't think i am - just an ordinary person trying to muddle through complex challenges!)
My actions have been commended.
My choices have received praise.
Both from personal and professional sources.

Jesus' conviction stands eternally
as a symbol of love triumphing over evil.

Today, March 14th, my sentence complete
I wish to raise a memorial stone
in honour and in recognition of my conviction.

As a disciple of Jesus, it reflects his commission
for us all to resist evil, whatever the cost.

I, my family, my friends, my church
and so many members of the public
are proud of what I have done.

I, with the support of my loved ones,
and of families, whose children had been abused,
campaigned to stop a paedophile
having any further access to children.

I did this by writing alone,
on my blog, and to the authorities.

It is a cause of immense relief and peace that we succeeded.

The memorial stone I raise today
stands in testament
of what my conviction represents.

It creates a historical marker
to record for all time

that despite all the safeguarding structures in 2017
children still remain utterly vulnerable
to the predatory wiles of paedophiles

And those, like myself, who do their utmost
to save children from abuse, when all else has failed,
can be punished for doing so,
by our nation's flawed systems

This outrageous obliquity must be corrected.

I took a stand against evil.
It would have been
morally, religiously, socially and legally wrong
to have taken any other course of action.

I have, with God's gracious help, prevailed.
The truth has pronounced me innocent.

My family is now celebrating.
We have rid ourselves of the evil
with which our campaign has had to contend
in ensuring the paedophile could not harm any further children.

Because I chose to represent myself, we are not 
facing tens of thousands of pounds of legal costs.

We are going to celebrate for a year
A full year of happiness and new adventures

Thank you, from the bottom of all our hearts
to all those whose messages of love and support
have uplifted us and blessed us.




if you want to read a fuller version of the story - read on.......


I am not alone....
THE BBC IS NOW REPORTED TO THE POLICE FOR TRYING TO STOP PAEDOPHILES
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/facebook-fails-remove-sexual-images-children-reports-bbc-police/

The Metropolitan Police issued a false and defamatory press release concerning my campaign to stop a paedophile, which they had to withdraw and quickly revise, although it is still defamatory and I have written asking for further revisions:

These are the correct facts that reporting restrictions and the restraining order allow me to disclose. As you read what has happened to me below, you will be in disbelief. But you may also come to realise quite what the public are up against, when trying to protect children.
The authorities and leading public figures do not appear to understand.
The most senior police child protection officer has recently said that those who view images of child abuse should not be prosecuted.


He claims it is because the police do not have the resources to cope with the numbers involved and are at saturation point. However, I suggest it is because their priorities represent a different agenda? The police and the CPS have declined to answer a freedom of information request to disclose how much money was spent on the investigation and the proceedings to try and stop my campaign to prevent a paedophile harming any further children. It has been estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds.

It seems there is police money and resources to try and silence a good man from stopping a paedophile get access to children, but not to stop paedophiles viewing images of child abuse.

Meanwhile the Anglican Bishop Richard Chartres's diocese is under fire for a child sex abuse 'cover-up' with the child protection officer of the diocese refusing to give evidence in court about the abuse.


The Daily Mail reported: Judge Philip Katz lambasted the ‘utterly incompetent failure’ of ‘arrogant’ church leaders to protect young girls – and accused them of a cover-up. He said the diocese was ‘stone deaf’ to complaints from the victims and some of its leaders ‘seemed to be worried about the reputational damage to the diocese’.

The following will alert you to just how vulnerable our children remain, not just from the paedophiles, but from those in authority who fail to stop them and who instead act to silence the voices of 'ordinary citizens' like myself, who doing their public duty, protest and act to save the little ones.

So this is my story....

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.

(I have lodged my application now for permission to appeal and the Court of Appeal has acknowledged receipt of it.

FOR THE LOVE OF CHILDREN AND FOR THEIR PROTECTION.

Here, the application, running to 487 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 liaised 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. 
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You have my fullest support always. God works through men like you. Keep up the good work!
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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 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..

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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 they 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 the 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 
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As for all who work and fight for justice be it, personal, professional or societal, energy is needed and courage of conviction essential.  Your words reflect a lightness and a freedom reborn in the fires of truth. For who you are and what you do, we are all blessed in your service. Much love and many blessings to you and your family dear Archbishop.
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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.

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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 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.
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Thank you for being brave for these poor abused children . Be proud. I know you always speak out where others would rather bury things.
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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.
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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
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I just need you to know I admire your courage and you have my support without a doubt.
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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.
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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.
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Such a brave action, be proud, sending you love x
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I would still love you to do our wedding, hope the stress becomes a distant memory soon x
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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.
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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 closely in prayer, thought and high regard.
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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 have 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 in the same way to protect the interests of children but whether 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 about you, is testament to you and the excellent level of service you provide, and more importantly the care that you give to those you help through such difficult times.
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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.
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We are so sorry that this has been happening in your life. We absolutely want you to be apart of our day, that has in no way changed. 
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Oh God bless you. Truth always conquers Jonathan. Well done for doing the right thing. Frankly the police thing appalls me. You have a friend in me in this struggle. Take comfort in the fact that in the court of God you have done justice to yourself for doing the right thing.
That is the most important court for all of us in the end.

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My family and I want to thank you so much for the lovely service you gave, we realise you attended when you had so much going on and we appreciated your dedication. We will be following your challenges with interest. Keep up the good work against all that is evil.
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Knowing you as a person, I cannot imagine for a second that you would be pursuing this without extremely good and justified reasons.  I'm so pleased you continue to court controversy sourced from the strength of your beliefs and actions. You quite simply wouldn't be you to us without them!
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The original Police Press Release was this:

 http://news.met.police.uk/news/man-found-guilty-of-harassment-220435 -

which they 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 corrected parts of the article.

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

They amended the article, in resolution of the matter, and carried a correction also at:

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/15096815.Jonathan_Blake/

I wrote to the Daily Mail asking for certain corrections to avoid a claim for defamation. They altered parts of their article. I complained again, and they agreed to alter more. I have written again as some changes still need to be made.

I wrote to the Sun and they have altered parts of the article though changes still need to be made.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2874684/controversial-archbishop-60-who-led-jade-goodys-wedding-guilty-of-harassment-after-bombarding-victims-with-abusive-online-messages/#comments

. The Thread of defamatory comments that were spawned through the media, originated with the erroneous police press release that they had to withdraw and revise. I will be pursuing the police for damages for this.

There were only two regional media outlets that ran a hard print copy of the story and only one of those was defamatory. They have since amended their copy. I am maintaining the pressure on all the media groups that are still responsible for defamatory material and have issued them with formal letters of claim in my pursuit of them to have their falsehoods corrected.

What is chilling, is that the media and the authorities, while knowing about my campaign to stop the paedophile, have not provided me with the support that is vital to encourage others, to be willing to do all that is necessary, within the law, to protect vulnerable children from abuse.

This is perverse, given the Daily Mail's report that it was the media who managed to expose the child abuse cover up in the Diocese of London. There are many examples, Savile and Rotherham included, where the tenacity of individuals succeeded where the authorities had failed.  Having chided the media for their lack of support, it may well be, that their choice not to run with hard print copy exposes of the police version indicated they could smell a rat. Hopefully they may even now be investigating the corruption involved.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse began its first public hearing  on 27.2.17 about historic child abuse. However, our society today is still not equipped and ready to ensure our children are kept safe and those who try, like myself, to do something about it, are left  dangerously isolated and are made to pay a high price, for their work for the public good and in the public interest. I hope, in time, this will change and I hope that my ordeal will demonstrate the problems that still exist and that need to be overcome in the management and protection of those involved in stopping paedophiles gaining access to children.

My submission to the Truth project and to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, will I hope, prompt the necessary legislative and safeguarding changes, that are necessary to reform and improve the present structures. Any help that you, as a member of the public, can give to that end, would be significant and would help build a groundswell of pressure upon the authorities to act.

It is only when people become aware, just how vulnerable our children still are to be being abused, because of the prevarication and ulterior motives of adults, that they will be galvanised into action. 

A crystal clear example of this is as follows:

If I am worried now that a child is at risk from a paedophile or is being abused by a paedophile, the government's advice is that I should contact the children's social care team of my local council and share my concerns.
https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse
BUT
the restraining order prohibits me doing this.
 Does this make sense? No. 
Is it justice? No.
 Does it put children first? No. 
Is it right? No. 

A paedophile has been prevented from having access to children, because I refused to be silenced.
I and my family have been through hell though to achieve this. I cannot risk breaching the restraining order again, so that is why it is so essential that you, the public, step up to the mark, and continue the campaign for their protection, while I await the outcome of my appeal.
 The future safety of our children, depends on you.
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Meanwhile:

Marie Collins has quit the Vatican's child protection body. She said, the Guardian reports,  that, the church’s most senior clerics continue to put “other concerns” before the safety of children and vulnerable adults.

“I find it impossible to listen to public statements about the deep concern in the church for the care of those whose lives have been blighted by abuse, yet to watch privately as a congregation in the Vatican refuses to even acknowledge their letters.”





She added: “It is a reflection of how this whole abuse crisis in the church has been handled: with fine words in public and contrary actions behind closed doors.”
AND
Sammy Woodhouse has "waived her right to anonymity to highlight the failings of the authorities."
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/child-abuse-victim-attacks-officials-who-failed-to-help-r3tffrrgp
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GAGGING ORDERS are being used increasingly frequently by the courts and by public institutions, in a way that undermines democracy, removes freedom of speech and conceals corruption, malpractice and abuse.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4192876/Top-celebrity-secures-new-super-injuction.html

A child has been locked up for 23 hours a day for up to 6 months, in a London prison, but we can't know many details because there are reporting restrictions. 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/07/high-court-to-hear-legal-challenge-over-boy-kept-in-cell-23-hours-a-day

Perversely, whereas the reporting restrictions are meant to 'protect' the child, in this case, they are actually protecting those abusing the child.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/routine-use-of-council-gagging-orders-leaves-britain-open-to-corruption-a6966621.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35946263

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11043704/New-plan-to-end-secrecy-in-family-courts.html

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2015/09/why-can-t-we-be-clear-about-transparency-family-court

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/press/the-untold-story-of-gagging-orders-2288607.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/national-enquirer-names-four-british-sportsmen-in-sex-scandals-protected-by-uk-gagging-order-a7061551.html


JUST LIKE MY BELOVED WIFE - MY ROCK - MY LIFE

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/2011-clip-obamas-relationship-marriage_us_58a1fc9ce4b03df370d8f237?section=us_good-news

SMILING - IT CHANGES THE WORLD

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

WE JUST NEED MORE LOVE!

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1512/dailygood-s-spotlight-on-love-shari-swanson/

Monday, February 13, 2017

TURNING CHAOS INTO OPPORTUNITY

https://www.positive.news/2017/lifestyle/travel/25516/3-former-conflict-zones-turned-travel-hotspots/

THE LIGHT

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

BZEEK. A MAN. A MUSLIM. WITH A HEART OF GOLD.

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2044/This-Single-Father-Takes-In-Terminally-Ill-Foster-Kids-That-No-One-Else-Will

LOVE

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

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

KEEP YOURSELF BRIGHT AND CLEAN

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

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

ONE WORLD

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kiwiana-receipt-immigrants-trump_us_5898c991e4b0406131384c5b?

THAT TINY SEED OF LOVE....

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2037/A-Random-Act-Of-Kindness-Leads-To-A-Homeless-Man-s-Reunion-With-His-Family

TURNING PLEASANTRIES TO PROMISE

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/instead-sending-holiday-cards-customers-business-buys-renewable-energy-kenyans/#

PAIN

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

Monday, February 06, 2017

THE BROKEN HEART

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

Sunday, February 05, 2017

MIRACLE HOME

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2031/Fireman-Adopts-Baby-Girl-He-Delivered-During-Late-Night-Emergency-Call

THE HEART'S TRUTH

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

Saturday, February 04, 2017

RINGS OF PEACE

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rings-of-peace-canada-mosques_us_5894f9d1e4b040613137020f?section=us_good-news

WALKING IN THE RAIN

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
Roger Miller

Thursday, February 02, 2017

THE REAL SUPERHEROES

WE MUST CONNECT CHILDREN TO THE REAL SUPERHEROES OF  LIFE RATHER THAN OUR FANTASY CREATIONS

https://www.positive.news/2017/society/media/25313/redrawing-line-comics-new-superheroes/

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

'WITCH' CHILDREN TRANSFORMED

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/2030/Remember-This-Viral-Photo-Of-A-Nigerian-Witch-You-Should-See-Him-Now

CHANGE

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

SEPARATENESS

We're here to awaken from the illusion of separateness
Ram Dass