Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali Discusses His Decision to Convert to Catholicism

He will be ordained a priest Oct. 30 for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Then-Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali holds a communion service at a conference of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans at Westminster Central Hall on July 6, 2009, in London.
Then-Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali holds a communion service at a conference of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans at Westminster Central Hall on July 6, 2009, in London. (photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty)

LONDON — “Because it is the only Church where decisions that affect everyone are made so that they ‘stick’; where there is a body of doctrinal and moral teaching that can guide the faithful; and where there is a magisterium that can teach effectively. There is also a lively sacramental and devotional tradition which appeals.”

These plainly stated words were the reasons why Michael Nazir-Ali, a prominent former Anglican bishop, decided to become Catholic. Nazir-Ali spoke via email to the Register on Oct. 25.

A week or so before, on Oct. 14, the British political magazine The Spectator had reported that the Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican bishop of Rochester, England, had joined the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. This personal ordinariate, directly subject to the Holy See, was established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011 to allow Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their patrimony.

On Sept. 29, the feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels, Nazir-Ali was received into communion with the Church by the group’s ordinary, Msgr. Keith Newton.

 

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