Feeding the poor

Fr Blake

Along with many other bloggers I am adding my voice to the support for Father Ray Blake. Morrisdonk is also providing his own comments in the Catholic Herald discussion of this matter. Morris urges you to add your own comment to the growing support for Fr Blake.


The above photo shows Morrisdonk hurrying off to write another comment in support of Fr Blake on the Catholic Herald website.

Fr Blake is a priest in Brighton who has a reputation for his dedication to the poor. Having mentioned on his blog that the poor are sometimes messy and annoying, he has been vilified by the local press. Sadly his bishop, Kieran Conry who should be ashamed of himself, has been entirely unsupportive. His measly contribution can be seen in this BBC South East report (Sorry: the BBC report is no longer there. It basically showed Conry being an unhelpful b…)*

As the owner of four donkeys, I write a lot about them on this blog and I also have a reputation locally as someone who really loves these animals and works hard to feed them, care for them and pay for the veterinary attention they need. At times they are a bloody nuisance: for example yesterday when I arrived home from work to find them demolishing a section of fence. I had to postpone my other plans, wait until after dark for my supper, while labouring in the paddock to do a temporary repair job on the fencing. Today I have to go and buy more cement and gravel to re-position the posts properly. I cursed the donkeys while I was working until dark yesterday and I grumbled at them this morning too. They seemed alarmed at my tone of voice, and too right!

Let anyone say I do not love and care for my donkeys and they would be a liar. We all have moments when in honesty we admit the cost of tending to those we love and serve. If that is not possible on a blog without the “thought police” reporting you to the authorities or some lousy journalist on a nasty little newspaper like the Brighton Argus distorting the comments, then blogs will be much the poorer as we all have to become “politically correct”…

A phrase which more often means humanly incorrect.

God bless Fr Blake.

PS Morrisdonk has come back braying mournfully from his latest attempt to post more support on the Catholic Herald: it appears they have closed the thread to any more supportive comments for Fr Blake. Pray for him instead, and write to Bishop Conry demanding his apology. bishop.sec@dabnet.org or phone 01293 526428

* I mean, of course, unhelpful bishop.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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2 Responses to Feeding the poor

  1. Dilly says:

    Hear hear, dear Rabit. Still, at least the donkeys and the itinerants, prone to the alienation of vegetables and cash, are not as culpable as a Bishop or a gutter journalist.

    Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
    ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
    But he that filches from me my good name
    Robs me of that which not enriches him,
    And makes me poor indeed.

  2. Barbara says:

    Politically correct: A group of people trying to find the clean end of a turd.

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