The well-known former Anglican who was recently received into the Catholic Church through the ordinariate, Msgr. Michael Nazir-Ali reflects on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
One of the late Pope Benedict XVI’s most notable achievements was to create a personal ordinariate for Anglicans whereby members of the Anglican Communion could enter the Catholic Church while retaining their heritage and liturgy.
Benedict established the new structure through his 2009 apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus so that “corporate reunion” was made possible for former Anglicans while preserving elements of a “distinctive Anglican patrimony.”
A well-known former Anglican who was recently received into the Catholic Church through the ordinariate was Msgr. Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican bishop of Rochester. He was received into the Church in September 2021 and ordained a priest for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the ordinariate’s branch in England, a month later. He was elevated to monsignor in 2022.
In this interview with the Register, Msgr. Nazir-Ali, 72, describes what the ordinariate means to him personally and for other Anglicans, discusses Benedict XVI’s approach to ecumenism in general, and reflects both on Benedict’s character and his historic state visit to Britain in 2010.
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