Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Michael Nazi-Ali joins the Ordinariate

I was most interested to read the press release from the Ordinariate yesterday about the reception into the Catholic Church of the former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, and that he will be ordained as a priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Wikipedia has an informative biographical study of his life and ideas which sets out his eventful career, achievements and ideas, as well as something of what might be termed his spiritual pilgrimage. It can be read at Michael Nazir-Ali

Although I am very wary of the modern of the cult of the famous convert I do think Dr Nazir-Ali’s reception is a very clear sign of his appreciation of what the Ordinariate offers to Catholic-minded Anglicans and that may be a spur to further growth and influence for it.

May St John Fisher pray for him.

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