"Most look to Rome to stem Islamic militancy" says Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

The prominent Anglican Bishop, Michael Nazir-Ali, formerly the Bishop of Rochester, has spoken of the overriding importance of the Catholic Church’s global voice for the future of Christianity in a world threatened by Islamic militancy and secularism. He said the Catholic Church potentially had “a great future and a huge opportunity” in the emerging world order and that it now had allies in upholding orthodoxy, even in unexpected quarters. However, he said that how effective it would be depended on how Rome viewed its own position and on its willingness to address its approach to certain issues. He identified these as culture and language and discipline.

Bishop Nazir Ali, who has both a Christian and a Muslim family background and is now President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue (OXTRAD), made his remarks to the clergy of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham – the structure set up by Pope Benedict to allow Anglicans to enter the full communion of the Catholic Church, bringing with them elements of their Anglican patrimony. He was speaking on the subject: “A Global Christianity in the Making” to the Ordinariate clergy’s plenary session at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Soho Square, London

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6 comments on “"Most look to Rome to stem Islamic militancy" says Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

  1. David Keller says:

    People probably need to be looking at Fayetteville and Jacksonville, North Carolina to stem militant Islam.

  2. Vatican Watcher says:

    1. David Keller, in the near term, yes. But in the middle and long term, the West is not going to hold off Islam unless it buys back into Christianity. Secular, humanist Western values are no match for an Islamic vision of the world.

  3. David Keller says:

    I agree. Of course I am a member of the Anglican Church of Rwanda. I see very little hope in the “church” of the West. Also, I heard this morning that the young man from Chicago who was caught going off to fight for ISIS was horrified that his children might see bad things on American TV and movies–so he was going to Syria to crucify Christians, behead Westerners, and force women into sex slavery. Maybe my original solution might be more than short term?

  4. David Keller says:

    #2–BTW–I am glad you know where Fayetteville and Jacksonville are, and what is there!

  5. Ad Orientem says:

    I would not hold out too much hope given the current occupant of the throne of Peter. He is more likely to call for a crusade against Wall Street banks.

  6. stevejax says:

    Fayetteville, NC – Ft Bragg: home of US Airborne and US Army Special Forces Command
    Jacksonville, NC: US Marines at Camp Lejeuene and New River Air Station