Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, has been received into the Catholic Church. He is not the first senior clergyman of the Church of England to “come over” to Rome: this year alone, the Bishops of Burnley and Ebbsfleet have converted, while one of the Queen’s former chaplains did so in 2019. Many others, not only in the UK but in Canada, Australia and the Episcopal Church in the US, have followed suit in the decade since Pope Benedict XVI set up several Ordinariates to enable Anglican clergy to preserve aspects of their liturgy and spirituality, while becoming full members of the Catholic Church. Why, in that case, is the conversion of Michael Nazir-Ali so significant?
Daniel Johnson. The Article. 15 October 2021