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 Tehran, seized Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, funded TB hospital, priest 1981, went Auschwitz, wrote on Parliament, convicted, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, 12 yrs Anglican cleric/vicar - left, baptised 1000's in homes/Mt Snowdon/at circus, wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses 2 Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on morning TV, sued Associated Newspapers, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England,Wales,Scotland, accommodated the homeless, posted Mass/took it 2 sex workers, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 climbing with sons,founded ‘When No One’s Watching',made ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding,invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', conviction 4 campaigning against child abuse quashed on appeal, convicted 4 successful blogging 2 stop paedophile. His Christmas Lights raising £79,000 4 Water in 4 Gambian villages. Published "The Tales of Henry the Lovable Hedgehog", the SAFE New Testament + Psalms + radical Book of Common Prayer, ordained priests for UK,US,Thailand,Spain,Ireland

Saturday, January 21, 2023

THE BEAUTY OF LOVE

 AND ALL LOVE'S INNOCENT HOPES AND THE JOURNEY INTO THE DEPTHS OF LOVE'S INTIMACY




ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART ONE

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART TWO


I AM PROUD OF MY WRITING, FOR JESUS’S SAKE, THAT HAS HAD ME FOUND INNOCENT IN HEAVEN, BUT TWICE A CRIMINAL ON THE EARTH. THE FIRST IN 1990 WHEN I WROTE A BIBLICAL TEXT ON THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT THE BOMBING OF YOUNG IRAQI RECRUITS DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. THE SECOND, IN 2016 WHEN I WROTE ON MY BLOG, TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PAEDOPHILE, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING THE AUTHORITIES TO STOP HIM HAVING ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALMOST A THIRD! IN 1997, WHEN I WAS ARRESTED FOR NAILING MY PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON THE DOOR OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. WORDS ARE POWERFUL MESSAGES THAT CHALLENGE  CORRUPTION, CONFRONT THE WICKED AND CREATE A BETTER WORLD. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CALLED  TO COMMUNICATE HIS WORDS,  IRRESPECTIVE OF THE COST.
"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."

Friday, January 13, 2023

WILL HARRY BE ARRESTED FOR HARASSMENT? IS HIS ANGST, CANNABIS INDUCED PARANOIA AND REVISIONISM?

Harry's actions appear to have repeatedly and continuingly, contravened the Harassment Act, yet the police have not arrested him?  However, ordinary people are being arrested, charged and sentenced across the country, often for comparatively minor infringements, or for what, in less politicised days, would have been regarded as regular family or social life, while a member of the Royal Family is publicly making a mockery of Parliament, the judiciary and the public, by making it clear, that there is one rule for the mighty and another for the lowly! 

If you are powerful enough, it seems that you can make your family's and other people's lives a misery, expose their most intimate secrets, conversations, and sexual activities, hound and harass them, publish books about them, offer numerous interviews being critical of them, to be viewed by billions, accuse them, humiliate and abuse them, put them in fear of their safety, their reputation, their future, making millions of pounds in the process, and nothing is done about it.

Indeed the media collude with and exacerbate the harassment, by ensuring Harry's every attacking word is writ large and his every accusation is given the widest publicity, while, in contrast,  they shame and hound ordinary citizens in the same position.

Often, following a Harassment conviction, a restraining order is put in place. The curiosity in Harry's case, is that it is as though the members of the Royal Family who are 'the victims', in the firing line, have been given the restraining order, preventing them from sharing their truth and their facts. They have remained silent.

These anomalies are intriguing. Harry feels strongly about how he has been treated and wants the world to know. He should 'spare' a thought for the thousands of ordinary people who have been silenced from telling their truth and sharing their facts, either by restraining orders, injunctions, non disclosure agreements etc. He should also 'spare' a thought for the millions of extra revenue he has provided to the very media, of which he is so critical, as his latest revelations form irresistable clickbait.

However, there is an unexpected payback for those wrongly 'criminalised' by the biased legal processes, that confounds the 'control and coercion' of the system.

The lowly, who end up convicted, rather than millionaires, and end up silenced, not like the Royal Family out of choice, but out of necessity, can discover unintended benefits.

First, as 'criminals' they are relieved of any future jury service. This can well save them from having to serve an inadvertent sentence of months of mandatory jury service. They are free, never having to suffer one of those invasive requirements to be retained at 'his majesty's pleasure', whether they like it or not, to sit in stuffy court rooms, exposed to the psychological manipulation of the competing barristers and having to cook up some subjective and unreliable conclusion as to a defendant's fate. Further, their family, entirely disenchanted with the judicial charade, can themselves also present as incapable of doing jury service, so affronted are they by the injustice meted out to their nearest and dearest, and adamant they will never provide their support to it again. So the system may steal a few weeks of a wrongly convicted person's life in community or other service, as a sentence, but the pay back is that that they can win back months of their life as a consequence. 

Second, the question of silence. There is an attractive power in the Palace's choice not to enter the circus in which Harry is performing, as equally there is a repellent weakness about the naked disclosures pouring from Harry's being. It seems that with every new revelation, poor Harry is diminished and with every lack of response, the Palace is strengthened. 

The Crown Jewels that every individual has in their Jewel house, are the truths, the experiences, the facts and the life that they alone have lived and are living, with their loved ones. Harry tried to attain to such when he said to Tom Bradbury, that what he would say to his brother in the future was private and he hoped would never be disclosed, without realising the irony that he had just spent the interview disclosing so many of his family's previous private discussions.

Perhaps the inversion of the law by letting Harry run amok as a potential criminal harasser and the palace as victim, being under some self chosen restraining order exposes the gratuity of the Harassment Act.

Harry has said his worst in the worst way possible. The Royal Family has said nothing. No need for parliamentary acts, police, arrests, convictions and restraining orders. Just ordinary life on an international stage. 

But for us proletariats, harassed by the mighty and their meddlesome playground laws, the payback is that the system may catch a mouse in one hand but lose the cat in the other and silence offers, not a restriction, but a welcome protection for our crown jewels.

One further aspect is disturbing, particularly given the liberalisation of drug laws in a number of countries. In my lifetime's work as a priest, I have sadly had to officiate at a number of the funerals of those who have died through drug addiction. I have met many others who have become paranoid and mentally disturbed because of their habitual use of drugs. Cannabis has been a main culprit, either as an entry point to more serious drugs or as the only drug used. Either way, what is seen as a harmless pastime with no alarming consequences, seems to lead to a deterioration of mental health and a general psychological  disquiet. 

Harry's admission to using drugs, and his use, even recently of Cannabis, appears to provide a possible explanation for his revisionist presentation of the past, his paranoia and his imprudent personal disclosures. He has become vulnerable and is walking naked, as a royal among us, and a media and public feeding frenzy is taking place, tearing every shred of intimate knowledge from him, with no concern for the damage being done to him, his family or the Royal family.

Perhaps the Royal family, recognising this, watch in sorrow as he disgorges himself, unable to intervene, spectators to a tragedy that they have lost, for the moment, and perhaps for ever, access to their beloved, but that their love for him, as William was at pains to express, using their 'secret code', remains, as it has always been, constant.

(I should clarify that the Harassment Act originated out of a desire to protect those who were in personal danger, and for such, it is important. However, it has been ubiquitously misapplied by the police, the C.P.S., and the courts, interfering with and disrupting ordinary social and family interactions, to the detriment of society.)


ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART ONE

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART TWO


I AM PROUD OF MY WRITING, FOR JESUS’S SAKE, THAT HAS HAD ME FOUND INNOCENT IN HEAVEN, BUT TWICE A CRIMINAL ON THE EARTH. THE FIRST IN 1990 WHEN I WROTE A BIBLICAL TEXT ON THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT THE BOMBING OF YOUNG IRAQI RECRUITS DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. THE SECOND, IN 2016 WHEN I WROTE ON MY BLOG, TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PAEDOPHILE, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING THE AUTHORITIES TO STOP HIM HAVING ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALMOST A THIRD! IN 1997, WHEN I WAS ARRESTED FOR NAILING MY PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON THE DOOR OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. WORDS ARE POWERFUL MESSAGES THAT CHALLENGE  CORRUPTION, CONFRONT THE WICKED AND CREATE A BETTER WORLD. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CALLED  TO COMMUNICATE HIS WORDS,  IRRESPECTIVE OF THE COST.
"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."

Monday, December 05, 2022

VICTIMS OF CHILD ABUSE MUZZLED BY THE STATE THAT HARBOURED THEIR ABUSER AND JAILED THEIR MOTHER, SARAH SANDS

Reece, Bradley and Alfie are finally free, as adults,  to expose the system that exposed them to a paedophile, then silenced them, tore their mother from them and cast her into jail. The vile collusion of state, police and judiciary to violate this innocent family is shocking. 

Such examples of the perversely applied practices and failings of the justice system, undermine its utility and make it disturbingly similar at times, to the criminality it purports to address. It failed to prevent Michael Pleasted abusing these children. Although it had already identified him as a paedophile and convicted him of abusing 24 children, it failed to remain vigilant on his release, allowing him to change his name and abuse again. 

The justice system then used the ‘right of victims to lifetime anonymity’  - not to help the child victims, but rather further abuse them, by snatching Sarah Sands, their mother, from them, casting her into prison, and silencing them from being able to protest. The Court of ‘Appeal’ even increased her sentence. I suggest, that if these details had been made public,  there would have been an outcry and demonstrations at the imprisoning of the mother, and the perfidy of the judicial system attempting to scapegoat her for its failings. 

It is chillingly sinister that the children's voices were muzzled, on the pretext that the state was 'protecting them' when in fact it was, by so doing, protecting itself and further abusing them, by depriving them of their mother.

While society cannot condone a mother taking the law into her own hands, neither should it choose to jail her for four years, particularly when it is responsible for not having protected her children. 

There are too many instances when the intention behind a law or legal practice is overridden by its perverse application, so that it results in an injustice. 


The law must ensure that those who abuse children are stopped from ever being able to do so again. Those, like judges, barristers and solicitors, who misapply and are pedantic about legal practices, court directives and the law, in such a manner, that abusers remain free to abuse, while punishment falls on those who seek to protect the victims,  must be held accountable.  


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11460455/Mother-stabbed-convicted-paedophile-77-death-abused-three-sons.html



ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART ONE

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART TWO


I AM PROUD OF MY WRITING, FOR JESUS’S SAKE, THAT HAS HAD ME FOUND INNOCENT IN HEAVEN, BUT TWICE A CRIMINAL ON THE EARTH. THE FIRST IN 1990 WHEN I WROTE A BIBLICAL TEXT ON THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT THE BOMBING OF YOUNG IRAQI RECRUITS DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. THE SECOND, IN 2016 WHEN I WROTE ON MY BLOG, TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PAEDOPHILE, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING THE AUTHORITIES TO STOP HIM HAVING ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALMOST A THIRD! IN 1997, WHEN I WAS ARRESTED FOR NAILING MY PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON THE DOOR OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. WORDS ARE POWERFUL MESSAGES THAT CHALLENGE  CORRUPTION, CONFRONT THE WICKED AND CREATE A BETTER WORLD. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CALLED  TO COMMUNICATE HIS WORDS,  IRRESPECTIVE OF THE COST.
"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."






Saturday, December 03, 2022

REVD BRENDAN MOONEY PRIESTED AT WELLING

 CONGRATULATIONS TO REVD BRENDAN MOONEY, ordained priest today at Welling and recently appointed as lead chaplain at the hospice.


ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART ONE

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART TWO


I AM PROUD OF MY WRITING, FOR JESUS’S SAKE, THAT HAS HAD ME FOUND INNOCENT IN HEAVEN, BUT TWICE A CRIMINAL ON THE EARTH. THE FIRST IN 1990 WHEN I WROTE A BIBLICAL TEXT ON THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT THE BOMBING OF YOUNG IRAQI RECRUITS DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. THE SECOND, IN 2016 WHEN I WROTE ON MY BLOG, TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PAEDOPHILE, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING THE AUTHORITIES TO STOP HIM HAVING ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALMOST A THIRD! IN 1997, WHEN I WAS ARRESTED FOR NAILING MY PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON THE DOOR OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. WORDS ARE POWERFUL MESSAGES THAT CHALLENGE  CORRUPTION, CONFRONT THE WICKED AND CREATE A BETTER WORLD. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CALLED  TO COMMUNICATE HIS WORDS,  IRRESPECTIVE OF THE COST.
"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."



Sunday, November 06, 2022

REVD CARLOS GONZALEZ ORDAINED PRIEST AT WELLING

Having travelled from Madrid, Revd Carlos becomes the third priest in Spain, spreading the Gospel of unconditional and inclusive Love, as a cleric of the Open Episcopal Church.


ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART ONE

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART TWO


I AM PROUD OF MY WRITING, FOR JESUS’S SAKE, THAT HAS HAD ME FOUND INNOCENT IN HEAVEN, BUT TWICE A CRIMINAL ON THE EARTH. THE FIRST IN 1990 WHEN I WROTE A BIBLICAL TEXT ON THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT THE BOMBING OF YOUNG IRAQI RECRUITS DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. THE SECOND, IN 2016 WHEN I WROTE ON MY BLOG, TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PAEDOPHILE, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING THE AUTHORITIES TO STOP HIM HAVING ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALMOST A THIRD! IN 1997, WHEN I WAS ARRESTED FOR NAILING MY PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON THE DOOR OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. WORDS ARE POWERFUL MESSAGES THAT CHALLENGE  CORRUPTION, CONFRONT THE WICKED AND CREATE A BETTER WORLD. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CALLED  TO COMMUNICATE HIS WORDS,  IRRESPECTIVE OF THE COST.
"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."


Monday, October 24, 2022

JOY AT OUR FIRST NON-WHITE PREMIER

 LET US CELEBRATE THE APPOINTMENT OF OUR FIRST PRIME MINISTER BORN IN THE U.K., A HINDU, TO PARENTS OF PUNJABI INDIAN DESCENT, HIS MOTHER BORN IN TANGANYIKA AND HIS FATHER IN KENYA, AND THEIR PARENTS IN PUNJAB. 

What a wonderful world it can be, if we see ourselves and all others, as citizens of the world, one family, all able to contribute fully and be welcomed wholeheartedly, wherever our lives and our destinies take us.



ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART ONE

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART TWO


I AM PROUD OF MY WRITING, FOR JESUS’S SAKE, THAT HAS HAD ME FOUND INNOCENT IN HEAVEN, BUT TWICE A CRIMINAL ON THE EARTH. THE FIRST IN 1990 WHEN I WROTE A BIBLICAL TEXT ON THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT THE BOMBING OF YOUNG IRAQI RECRUITS DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. THE SECOND, IN 2016 WHEN I WROTE ON MY BLOG, TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PAEDOPHILE, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING THE AUTHORITIES TO STOP HIM HAVING ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALMOST A THIRD! IN 1997, WHEN I WAS ARRESTED FOR NAILING MY PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON THE DOOR OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. WORDS ARE POWERFUL MESSAGES THAT CHALLENGE  CORRUPTION, CONFRONT THE WICKED AND CREATE A BETTER WORLD. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CALLED  TO COMMUNICATE HIS WORDS,  IRRESPECTIVE OF THE COST.
"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."

Sunday, October 23, 2022

OUR HOUSE IS KNOWN BY MANY WONDERFUL NAMES

Locally, it is called 'THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE' because of our annual Christmas Lights display, raising money to install water facilities in Gambian villages. It is also THE SINGING HOUSE, as we feed the birds, and have bushes, hedges, trees and water features for their delight, so through the years, sparrows, collared doves, wood pigeons, starlings, thrushes, pied wagtails, blue tits, crows and magpies are welcome visitors. A very tame robin is a favourite, always coming so close, even to my hand, as though bearing a message from heaven. Their bird song is mesmerising and fills the house with music and joy.  It is THE NATURE HOUSE where the frogs ribbit and hop happily and unexpectedly (even into the house) and splash happily into the pond. Squirrels scurry across the trampoline, foxes saunter across the wall, butterflies dance, the bees hum and local cats visit. It is also THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE, where countless youngsters stop daily entranced by all the ornaments that populate the front garden including sheep, foxes, rabbits, owls, beavers, tortoises, hedgehogs, monkeys, elephants and even giraffes, but also by the real birds that swoop to the feeder or walk proudly on the grass. It is also THE ADVENTURE HOUSE, as those in search of geocache treasure know well, once they have worked out the clues. It is also THE LIBERATING HOUSE where many have been ordained for ministry, not only in the U.K. but also in America, Spain, Thailand, Scotland and Ireland. It is THE DREAM HOUSE, where many who have had their hopes dashed elsewhere, have found a solution to their obstacles: those rejected for Baptism, for Confirmation, for Communion or for Marriage, by the main denominational churches, here have been availed of the sacraments. It is also THE TRUTHFUL HOUSE where, because of our integrity, we come over time to discover the truth about people and situations, finding the genuine and uncovering the false. It is also THE GOD HOUSE  as often a young voice will be heard in conversation, "That's where that vicar guy lives", an oasis in often a lonely world, where people know a special, trustworthy and safe resource can be found, to which many people come with a variety of requests.  It is most important of all, THE LOVING HOUSE, where people with genuine needs know they can find compassion, understanding and help: whether the bereaved needing support, the infirm needing nursing care, the sick needing comfort, traumatised children needing fostering, refugees fleeing war, the homeless needing shelter, the hungry needing food, the addicted needing rehab or the countless other manifestations of human difficulties, all have been helped from our loving, life filled home.











ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART ONE

ARCHBISHOP JONATHAN BLAKE - MY LIFE - PART TWO


I AM PROUD OF MY WRITING, FOR JESUS’S SAKE, THAT HAS HAD ME FOUND INNOCENT IN HEAVEN, BUT TWICE A CRIMINAL ON THE EARTH. THE FIRST IN 1990 WHEN I WROTE A BIBLICAL TEXT ON THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN PEACEFUL PROTEST ABOUT THE BOMBING OF YOUNG IRAQI RECRUITS DURING THE FIRST GULF WAR. THE SECOND, IN 2016 WHEN I WROTE ON MY BLOG, TO ALERT THE PUBLIC ABOUT A PAEDOPHILE, AND WAS SUCCESSFUL IN FORCING THE AUTHORITIES TO STOP HIM HAVING ACCESS TO CHILDREN. THERE WAS ALMOST A THIRD! IN 1997, WHEN I WAS ARRESTED FOR NAILING MY PROPOSALS FOR REFORM OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ON THE DOOR OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL. WORDS ARE POWERFUL MESSAGES THAT CHALLENGE  CORRUPTION, CONFRONT THE WICKED AND CREATE A BETTER WORLD. JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CALLED  TO COMMUNICATE HIS WORDS,  IRRESPECTIVE OF THE COST.
"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."