LONDON (LifeSiteNews) – A prominent, pro-life former Anglican bishop is set to be ordained a Catholic priest in what is being touted as the “most significant conversion to Catholicism” since 1994.
The Spectator reported today that Michael Nazir-Ali has joined the Catholic Church and is in the process of becoming a priest in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
The Ordinariate then released a statement noting that Nazir-Ali was received into “full communion of the Catholic Church by Monsignor Keith Newton on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels,” September 29. “With the permission of the Holy See, he will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Ordinariate in due course.”
Nazir-Ali served as bishop of Rochester from 1994 through 2009 having previously been the General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society from 1989 to 1994 as well as the bishop of Raiwind in his native Pakistan.
Commenting on his reception, Nazir-Ali declared, “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.”
“I am looking forward to receiving from the riches of other parts of the Church, while perhaps making a modest contribution to the maintenance and enhancement of Anglican patrimony within the wider fellowship,” he added.
The Telegraph revealed that the former bishop of Rochester confirmed how he had been considering the move “for some years,” and had previously penned an op-ed in The Telegraph accusing the Church of England of being preoccupied with “jumping on faddish bandwagons.”
Nazir-Ali’s reception was welcomed by Msgr. Newton, the Ordinary of the Ordinariate, noting that Nazir-Ali had “always shown great interest in the development of the Ordinariate.”
“He brings a great experience of the Anglican Communion and is in a unique place to articulate that Anglican patrimony, described by Pope Benedict XVI as a treasure to be shared, which now has an honored place in the Universal Church,” Newton continued.
Since Nazir-Ali is married, he is not eligible to be made a bishop, but will be ordained a priest “in due course.”
Meanwhile, the Church of England’s highest ranking cleric, Archbishop Justin Welby, wrote that he was “grateful for Michael Nazir-Ali’s decades of devoted service to the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. His expertise in evangelism, interfaith dialogue, ecumenism, and theological education has been a great gift. He will continue to be a blessing to the global church as he joins the ordinariate. I will be praying for him and his wife, Valerie, that this new step in their journey might draw them ever closer to God in Christ.”
Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is standing for governor of Virginia and, like Joe Biden, he likes to say he is a "very strong Catholic."
Yet, also like Biden, he strongly supports killing unborn babies and is a longtime defender of the abortion industry. As if to underscore that fact, McAuliffe has even ghoulishly campaigned at an abortion center in his latest run for office.
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In spite of the fact that McAuliffe was born and raised in a Catholic family and graduated from a Catholic high school and university, he has supported the murder of the unborn throughout his life in elected office.
Indeed, McAuliffe has been taken to task several times by different dioceses. Going back to 2004, McAuliffe was disinvited as a guest speaker at his high school alma mater in Syracuse, New York, because of comments he made during a radio interview, saying that abortion is a matter of choice.
Fast-forward to 2017, when then-Governor McAuliffe (of Virginia) was excoriated by the Virginia Bishops' Conference for vetoing a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.
At the time, the Bishops' Conference stated that McAuliffe's "actions harm the dignity of women deceived by the multibillion-dollar abortion industry as well as the tiniest females, those still in the womb whose lives are brutally eliminated by abortion."
Nevertheless, McAuliffe apparently still sees nothing wrong with his support of killing unborn babies, and, as above, he recently toured an abortion mill for a morbidly opportunistic campaign photo-op. (See tweet below.)
Grateful for the opportunity to tour the Whole Woman’s Health facility in Charlottesville this afternoon with @SallyLHudson. I'll always fight to protect women's clinics as gov. No Youngkin Texas-style abortion ban in VA! pic.twitter.com/EmgDvK3AVY— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) September 9, 2021
Stepping foot inside a place where babies are actually killed, and then campaigning to keep such murderous facilities open, takes support for abortion to a heinous new low.
And, supporting abortion as a public official is even worse for McAuliffe in terms of his relationship with God and the Catholic Church.
While supporting abortion is always wrong, Catholic politicians who vocally support abortion have an even greater responsibility to renounce their wayward positions precisely because of the scandal it can cause to the Catholic faithful, very possibly leading many others astray.
Relying on the Catechism lessons he received throughout his high school and university education, Terry McAuliffe should now reconsider his position on the killing of unborn children, and take this opportunity to publicly repent of his support for abortion, the killing of the innocent.
If McAuliffe does not take steps to publicly repent of his adamant support of abortion, the bishops of Virginia should take this opportunity to address and clarify his relationship with the Eucharist and the Church.
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The Spectator’s Damian Thompson wrote how Nazir-Ali’s “defence of Christian civilisation has been far more outspoken than that of any English Catholic bishop.”
As such, his conversion “will be welcomed by conservative Catholics dismayed by the doctrinal confusion surrounding the ‘synodal path’ endorsed by Pope Francis, which appears to be moving the Church in the direction of liberal Anglicanism,” Thompson noted.
The cleric is a notable expert on Islam, and as such has previously spoken out against the trend to disassociate Muslim terrorists from Islam.
Furthermore, the 72-year-old Nazir-Ali is staunchly opposed to abortion and same-sex “marriage.” To mark the 43rd anniversary of the U.K.’s abortion act in 2010, he spoke of the Scriptural evidence for life beginning at conception, as well as the “seriousness of the sin” of abortion.
“Godʼs wisdom cannot be gained simply by human propaganda,” he declared. “God chooses life.”
Then in 2018, he led the closing prayer vigil at the U.K.’s national March for Life in London.
Nazir-Ali is also outspoken in his criticism of same-sex “marriage,” and in 2013 he attacked the Church of England’s stance on such relations, pointing once more to the Scriptural arguments against such “marriage.”
Early last year, he reiterated his comments, saying “marriage between one man and one woman is the proper context for sexual expression and that sexual relationships outside such an understanding of marriage fall short of God’s purposes.”
He has also been an outspoken critic of the church closures due to COVID-19 related policies, defending the rights of churches to remain open, and one was on 25 high-profile signatories in a May 2020 letter to the U.K. government protesting the church closures during the COVID restrictions.
Nazir-Ali joins a growing number of Anglican clerics who have now been received into the Catholic Church, a process assisted since the establishment of the Ordinariate by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011.
Graham Leonard (London)
John Klyberg (Fulham)
Richard Rutt (Leicester)
John Broadhurst (Fulham)
Edwin Barnes (Richborough)
Keith Newton (Richborough)
Andrew Burnham (Ebbsfleet)
John Goddard (Burnley)
Jonathan Goodall (Ebbsfleet)
— Fr James Bradley (@FrJamesBradley) September 5, 2021