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Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, MOST famous Catholic Convert? Is the Vatican NOT happy that Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester, England has converted to the Catholic Church? Lord Michael Nazir-…More
Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, MOST famous Catholic Convert?

Is the Vatican NOT happy that Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester, England has converted to the Catholic Church? Lord Michael Nazir-Ali will be ordained on October 30 and the rumor is the Vatican didn't want him to convert in the first place. We discuss it with Dr. Jules Gomes. grnonline.com/en/cdt

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Church Militant also learned that efforts were made at the highest level of the Vatican to dissuade 72-year-old Nazir-Ali from converting to Catholicism.

"First, Nazir-Ali isn't the kind of convert we are looking for under the Francis pontificate. Second, such a high-profile conversion is a setback to ecumenism. Third, Pope Francis seems to have always indicated he believes in the validity of Anglican orders," a senior Argentinian-based Anglican cleric who knew Cdl. Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires told Church Militant.

In his confidential email, Nazir-Ali explained why he chose to join the ordinariate:

The promise to safeguard legitimate Anglican patrimony within the ordinariate is encouraging. My hope is that this patrimony will be able to contribute the riches of Anglican liturgy, biblical study, pastoral commitment to the community, methods of doing moral theology, hymnody and much else not only to the ordinariate but, beyond that, to the wider Church.

"At the same time, I look forward, of course, to receiving riches from other parts of the Church," he added.

The first non-white diocesan bishop in the Church of England and an Islamic scholar who is fluent in Urdu and Farsi, Pakistani-born Nazir-Ali faced biting criticism from his liberal fellow Anglican bishops for not toeing the Church of England's politically correct line on Islam.

An indefatigable campaigner against Muslim apostasy laws in Pakistan and a prolific writer on Islam, Nazir-Ali said he regretted the church was not doing enough to convert Muslims to Christianity.

"The so-called 'blasphemy law' has caused considerable grief for Christians and other non-Muslim minorities since even the expression of their belief can be construed as insulting the Prophet," he wrote in a foreword to Freedom to Believe: Challenging Islam's Apostasy Law.

After a 15-year apostolate as the 106th bishop of Rochester, Nazir-Ali resigned his bishopric at the age of 59, announcing he would devote the rest of his life to working for persecuted Christians in Muslim-dominated regions.

In 2008, the bishop received death threats after criticizing Islamic extremists for creating "no-go areas" for non-Muslims in Britain. However, thousands of white working-class Britons wrote to him and in the media commending him for his truth-telling and courage.

Nazir-Ali, who also served as bishop of Raiwind in Pakistan, blamed multiculturalism for segregating religious groups and said Britain's abandoning the Christian faith had led to a "multi-faith mish-mash."

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