In Fall 2021, it was revealed that Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, among the most senior and high profile leaders within the Anglican Church, had converted to Catholicism.
In this episode, we sit down with (now) Monsignor Nazir-Ali as he reflects on his first year of membership in the Catholic Church.
We explore moments from his life which served as major waypoints in his journey of faith, including his embrace of Christianity during his youth in Pakistan, his hasty departure from his homeland after crossing swords with militant Islamist authorities, and his ultimate conclusion that both the deposit of faith and its authentic ministry dwell most fully within Catholicism.
We also discuss pivotal issues in the contemporary life of the Church, including the need for sacred tradition and magisterial authority to guide the transmission of the faith, especially in any exercise such as the Synod on Synodality. To top it all off, we touch on St. John Henry Newman, the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the legacy of the early Church as a persecuted minority which ended up changing the course of human history.
Monsignor Nazir-Ali is a priest within the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and serves as the Director of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue.
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Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali official website
Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, “There can be no moral renewal of public life without respect for God and Man”, The Catholic Herald (July 29, 2022)
“Ex Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir Ali converts to Catholicism”, The Spectator (October 14, 2021)
Please note that this podcast has been edited for length and clarity.