For Father Ray Blake

Many Catholic Blogs are today publishing their support for Father Ray Blake. We are pleased to join them.


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5 Responses to For Father Ray Blake

  1. If you try to use irony on the Internet, you quickly find out that there are vast numbers of people who simply don’t know what irony is. These people will take you seriously. Father Ray Blake is not the only one who has had to learn this the hard way. Many of us have had a similar experience. God bless Father Blake and the work he is doing. I know we don’t need to be reminded of the verse from St. Matthew, but it’s still good to think about it: “Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.”


  2. Toad says:

    This is getting plain silly.

    Why are people acting as unpaid publicity agents for The Argus? It doesn’t need it “Buy The Argus today, and read what horrid things it says, about Father Blake!” Is that what you want, people?

    Father Blake ought to go on blogging, if he wants.
    It’s a good blog, it seems – punchy and opinionated as a blog should be.

    IMPORTANT ADVICE: What Father Ray, and anyone else with his interests at heart, must do is totally ignore anything and everything the paper says, has said, or will say. They won’t like that.

    Right now the reporter, whose name I have naturally forgotten already, is being built up by all this hot air into the dazzling and crusading Anti-Christ of Hove Central, or wherever,
    And is laughing himself silly, no doubt.
    I certainly would be.

    And Robert John is right about irony. It can be dangerous. But only if it’s done right.


  3. Rick Scott says:

    Having read both Father Ray’s blog post and the article in the Argus reporting it to a wider public, I can’t fathom what Father Blake’s supporters are incensed about. The Argus piece pretty much summarizes Father Blake’s blogged remarks–his remarks, nobody else’s–and leaves it at that. Where’s the harm? Where’s the alleged journalistic impropriety? If Father Ray was speaking ironically, then the irony will carry over when it is recounted in another venue. Which is all that happened: Father Blake’s remarks were published to a wider public in The Argus.


  4. The Raven says:

    If you have read Fr Blake’s piece and can’t see that the Argus plainly misrepresents him and puts a vile spin on his views, then arguing with you here is unlikely to change your mind, Rick.

    And our reception of irony is often dependent on our familiarity with the writer: how many Argus readers know that Fr Blake organises the soup run, has the refugee assistance group running its offices from his home, buries paupers for no charge and is one of the few people in Brighton not to turn away the man he describes as an “annoying little *******”? Without that background, which the Argus doesn’t give, Fr Blake’s comments take on a different perspective and any sense of irony is lost.


  5. Toad says:

    Further to Toad’s entry above: he. for one,would not be a bit surprised if Father Ray’s “blog hits” have not quadrupled at least during all this intoxicating media frenzy.
    Anybody know?
    It’s an ill wind. as Brightonians doubtless often twitter while promenading on their peerless Pier…


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