Joost de Blank

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Joost de Blank

Joost de Blank (b Rotterdam 14 November 1908 – d Westminster 1 January 1968)[1] was the Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa from 1957[2] to 1963 and was known as the "scourge of apartheid" for his ardent opposition to the whites-only policies of the South African government.[3]

He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, King's College London, and Queens' College, Cambridge. He was ordained after a period of study at Ridley Hall, Cambridge in 1932[4] and began his career as a Curate in Bath. De Blank held incumbencies at Forest Gate and Greenhill, Harrow; and was the Bishop of Stepney in London from 1952 to 1957. He Succeeded Archbishop Clayton in Cape Town in 1957. In South Africa, he refused to preach in any church not open to blacks as well as whites. He opposed clause 29 of Natives Law Amendment Bill, which gave the civil authorities powers to exclude non whites from Anglican churches. In 1960 De Blank called on the Dutch Reformed Church to repudiate apartheid, and in the same year criticised the South African jubilee celebrations: "This is no time for rejoicing, but for shame". Ill health forced him to resign from Cape Town in 1963; he was appointed a canon of Westminster Abbey.

A sub-prelate of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, De Blank was buried in Westminster Abbey[5] where he spent his final years as a canon.


  1. ^ Obitaury The Rt Rev Joost De Blank. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Jan 02, 1968; pg. 8; Issue 57138
  2. ^ New Archbishop's "Difficult Job". The Times (London, England), Saturday, May 11, 1957; pg. 4; Issue 53838
  3. ^ "Apartheid Crazy", Archbishop Says. The Times (London, England), Saturday, Sep 26, 1959; pg. 5; Issue 54576.
  4. ^ Oxford University Press (1976). Crockford's Clerical Directory: A Reference Book of the Clergy of the Provinces of Canterbury and York and of Other Anglican Provinces and Dioceses. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-200008-8. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Richard Jenkyns (15 October 2011). Westminster Abbey. Harvard University Press. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-0-674-06197-2. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 

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Papers of Joost de Blank, Archbishop of Cape Town

Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Geoffrey Hare Clayton
Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
Succeeded by
Robert Selby Taylor