He will be ordained a priest Oct. 30 for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
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.
Then, on Oct. 23, it was announced by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham that Nazir-Ali would be ordained as a Catholic priest for the ordinariate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory, Warwick Street, in London’s Soho quarter. As Nazir-Ali is married, he cannot be ordained a Catholic bishop.
Asked how he sees his future in the Catholic Church, Nazir-Ali told the Register that he awaits “guidance from the ordinariate and Vatican authorities about the next steps.” In the meantime, he intends to carry on with his “work of supporting and developing leadership among persecuted Christian communities.”