Retired Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, 72, of Rochester (1994-2009) has become a Catholic and will be ordained a Catholic priest October 30, Damian Thompson learned (Spectator.co.uk, October 14).
Nazir-Ali was born in Karachi and has dual citizenship (Pakistan, Britain). His mother was a Methodist, his father, a civil servant and convert from Shia Islam.
He attended a Catholic school and Catholic Masses in Pakistan but became an Anglican aged 20, a parson at 27, and bishop of Raiwind (West Punjab) at 35, the youngest Anglican bishop.
In 1986 he had to leave Pakistan and found refuge in England. For many years, he served as a member of the Anglican-Catholic International Commission.
Nazir-Ali appointed the first female archdeacon in the Church of England and chaired the Rochester Commission on whether women should be made bishops. In 2002, he described himself as being “Catholic and evangelical,” since he belonged to the Low Church.
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It is not "tradition" to question someone's return to the church ,but rather to accept such until there is good reason for doing so. If you have information about the disengenuousness of his conversion you should say so otherwise welcome him and become a little more traditional yourself.