Michael Nazir-Ali, the previous Bishop of Rochester, has defected from the established Church of England to Roman Catholicism after complaining of the obsession with woke “identity politics” in Anglicanism.
Nazir-Ali, a British-Pakistani twin nationwide who additionally served as Bishop of Raiwind in his South Asian homeland at one time, has been obtained into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, established by the now-pope emeritus Benedict XVI to settle for Anglicans wishing to return, because it had been, to the Roman Catholic Church, whereas preserving conventional Anglican companies reminiscent of Evensong and liturgy which pulls on the language of the Book of Common Prayer.
Nazir-Ali had complained earlier this yr of the English church’s behavior of “jumping on to every faddish bandwagon about identity politics, cultural correctness, and mea culpas about Britain’s imperial past” underneath the de facto management of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Welby has in current months stepped up the woke agenda exponentially, ordaining the Anglican communion’s first transwoman priest(ess), declaring God to be gender impartial, lamenting his “white advantage, male advantage, [and] straight advantage”, and launching a BLM-style overview of hundreds of supposedly problematic statues and memorials within the Church’s care.
He is hardly a lone voice for wokeness, both, with the Church’s second-most senior cleric, the Archbishop of York, having declared that “Jesus was a black man” and the Church “too white” as Black Lives Matter dysfunction unfold throughout the Atlantic in 2020.
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“I believe that the Anglican desire to adhere to apostolic, patristic, and conciliar teaching can now best be maintained in the Ordinariate,” Nazir-Ali stated of his defection.
“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,” he added, saying that he was “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.”
His transfer to depart the Church of England to search full communion with the See of St Peter follows related high-profile defections by the sitting Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Right Reverend Jonathan Goodall, over girls being introduced into the priesthood and being made bishops — an innovation resisted by the premier Anglican author, C.S. Lewis in a well-known 1948 tract, however now a misplaced trigger — and the previous chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II, Dr Gavin Ashenden.
“Freedom of speech is slowly being eroded; those who refuse to be ‘politically correct’ risk accusations of thought crime and Christians are being unfairly persecuted,” Ashenden stated shortly after his “defection”.
“And where is the Church of England in this crucial culture war? Is it on the front line? Not that I can see. If anything, it has switched sides,” he lamented.
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