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NSFW: The Nude Photography Portfolio That Has a St. Louis Priest in Hot Water

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Celebrating Life Ministries
Father John Kenneth Blair
In these jaded times, we're somewhat accustomed to hearing about sexual misconduct by Catholic priests. Less so from Episcopal priests. After all, they have to live by way fewer crazy rules.

They can have sex, they can marry, they can be gay. Hell, they can even be women, believe it or not.

But one local priest is in hot water because of a letter that was forwarded to several media outlets, including the Riverfront Times. In it, the anonymous author condemned the priest for his side-gig as an erotic photographer.

According to his online bio, Father John Kenneth Blair graduated the University of Missouri-Columbia, Eden Theological Seminary and Lindenwood University. He has a Masters of Divinity and an MA in counseling, and is the "Manager of Spiritual Care and CPE Supervisor for Christian Hospital." He's also certified to counsel drug and alcohol addiction sufferers.

The Post-Dispatch broke the story yesterday, seemingly spurred by a letter that was also received by the RFT. The anonymous author starts with a lengthy description of Blair's credentials, then includes a couple dozen photos of naked and semi-nude women purportedly pulled from Blair's Model Mayhem account, his Facebook page, and from the artwork page of Shameless Grounds, the sex-positive coffee house in Fox Park.

"The sexually explicit photos and material are, to say the least, unprofessional and highly unsuitable to a Christian man with these listed credentials entrusted to the spiritual care of troubled and impaired individuals," the letter reads. "He has the opportunity, ability and training to prey on emotionally weak and unstable women from a station of trust. What moral depravity is next?"

The Episcopal Diocese launched an investigation into Blair on Tuesday after also receiving a letter. The letter's author points out that Father Blair was investigated and reassigned in 2007 after another investigation for impropriety, but the P-D reports that the diocese didn't find anything to back up the claim.

All Blair's online accounts have been either locked down or removed, but we've scanned in the pictures from the letter.

So far the investigation is only by the diocese and is not criminal. Assuming all the young ladies in the following photos are of legal age and willing participants, is it OK for an Episcopal priest to be dabbling in erotic art? Take a look and judge for yourself.

Warning: super NSFW.


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14 comments
Paul
Paul

He's at it again!!! Can a horndog ever change his stripes?? To some it's as easy as taking off your priest collar and robes.Check at Shameless Grounds Exhibiting Art. He did make a change, though. He changed his name to Chandler Thomas.

Audra
Audra

That's not art, it's not even good photography.!!  That's why he uses SWFs to get noticed.He got noticed!! He was terminated from his position as Manager of Spiritual Care and CPE Supervisor for Christian Hospital., removed from the The Order of Saint Francis and  the Episcopal Church by the Bishop. Lost his position as Director of Educational Program at Celebrating Life Ministries. "When will they ever learn"

Paul
Paul

You're right about that Marlowe

Seems alot of people and church officials agreed too

but I haven't seen anything in print about the outcome yet

Marlowe53
Marlowe53

He doesn't have a congregation. He's a hospital chaplain. Sick people and their stressed out relatives don't google the chapalin who comes into pray with them so they wouldn't know that their chaplain gets his rocks off taking and publishing pictures of naked women that could be published in X-rated men's magazines.

Marlowe53
Marlowe53

That's not art. It's porn. I can't imagine being counseled by a clergyman who takes crotch shots of women as a hobby.

Paul
Paul

Do you think we'll see a follow up??

Paul
Paul

The owner of Shameless Grounds comments are almost as long as the newspaper article. He goes off on a tangent about what he believes people’s personal views of sex are, so called sex negativity sex and a fantasy and doesn’t come back to reality. Of course, he is entitled to express his opinion. But, perhaps he himself has too much of a vested interest in this matter. And not unlike Bob Guccione and Larry Flynt , I also find it difficult to  take his comments seriously in light of the material he posts on his site. Listed under  ‘Support Our Friends and Sponsors’ are photos and such from Pieces of Jade. But, Mr Mueller might do better ‘seeking the truth’ by displaying all of Father John Blair’s ‘art’ and let people decide for themselves.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Why is the Sistine Chapel covered in nudes, yet some wish to think the Christian mindset is devoid of nudity? I see nothing wrong with his artwork. He is an artist and a priest. So what? One does not exclude the other. Some very erotic writings came from monks. Even celibacy does not take sexuality away from the person, just the sex.  But that is not even what his art is about. It is the glory and beauty of creation in some of the works. Sure, some is edgy, but none are Penthouse nor even requiring 2257 records. Nude, not lewd. Let his congregation decide whether he is providing good spiritual guidance or not. If they feel it is not, then he should move on, again.

DeepFieldPhoto
DeepFieldPhoto

@PhotograNews v interesting , esp the letter from the gallery on last page.

Paul
Paul

Oh, and THAT is Father John Blair in person ' going down' on the young woman in the B&W photo!!!!!!!!

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