Convert Nazir-Ali priested into the R.C.Ordinariate

One time Anglican Bishop Nazi-Ali, a noted conservative Evangelical in the Church of England, whose disaffection with that Church’s response to the movement towards ‘Living in Love and Faith’, which is currently exploring the need to accept LGBT+ people fully into the Church led him to leave the Anglican Church; is here being (re) ordained a priest within the Roman Catholic Ordinariate, a quasi-Anglican group of ex-Anglicans who initially petitioned Pope Benedict XVI to give them a place within the Catholic Church that would recognise their Anglican Patrimony while registering their opposition to the Ordination of Women.

Father Nazi-Ali (as the new convert will now be called) has offered his own reasons for leaving the Church of England for this Anglican/Catholic sodality. Whatever the reasonss, however, Cardinal Nichols – the chief Catholic in the U.K – has obviously been so gratified to receive this high-profile Anglican into the Ordinariate, that he has been personally involved with the ceremony of his ordination as deacon and priest into Catholic Orders in a degree of splendour only normally offered to bishops of the R.C. Church. (Fr. Michael Nazir-Ali cannot be ordained as a bishop in the Ordinariate, because of his current married status).

Interestingly for Anglicans, whose ordained priesthood was once considered to be ‘null and void’ in the Roman Catholic Church; is the statement here – by the R.C. Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, when addressing the congregation at the (re) priesting of Michael Nazir-Ali – when he spoke of Michael’s “Priestly ministry which you have so faithfully practised now for so many years”!

Fatner Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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