Former Church of England bishop converts to Catholicism

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali (Wikimedia/Oxtrad)

A former Church of England bishop has been received into the Catholic Church and hopes to become a Catholic priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England and Wales. Source: The Tablet.

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester and who was once thought to be under consideration as a future Archbishop of Canterbury, was received into the Church by Msgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Ordinariate which was established for Anglicans seeking full communion with the See of Peter.

Dr Nazir-Ali, married with two sons, was received on the Feast of St Michael and All Angels on September 29 and with the permission of the Holy See, will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in due course, according to a statement from the Ordinariate.

Although personally from the Anglican-Catholic wing of the Church of England, while at Rochester he came to be associated with the conservative evangelical movement, and in particular the global Anglican fellowship, Gafcon.

Commenting on his reception, Dr Nazir-Ali said: “I believe that the Anglican desire to adhere to apostolic, patristic and conciliar teaching can now best be maintained in the Ordinariate. Provisions there to safeguard legitimate Anglican patrimony are very encouraging and, I believe, that such patrimony in its Liturgy, approaches to biblical study, pastoral commitment to the community, methods of moral theology and much else besides has a great deal to offer the wider Church.

Dr Nazir-Ali was born in Pakistan in 1949 and has both British and Pakistani citizenship. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1976 and served in England and Pakistan before being consecrated Bishop of Raiwind in 1984. He was Bishop of Rochester from 1994 to 2009. .


Dr Nazir-Ali converts to Catholicism (The Tablet)

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