Sunday, October 17, 2021

Former bishop converts to Catholicism after slating woke Church of England

The bishop has the misfortune to be a genuine believer -- rare in the church of England

THE FORMER Bishop of Rochester has converted to Catholicism, leaving behind the Anglican Church to join "a church where there is clear teaching for the faithful."

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, who was the Bishop of Rochester from 1994 until 2009, said that he had considered making the switch “for some years.” Dr Nazir-Ali, 72, has previously accused the Church of England of “jumping onto every faddish bandwagon about identity politics, cultural correctness and mea culpas about Britain’s imperial past.”

During his time as Bishop of Rochester, Dr Nazir-Ali was one of the Anglican Church’s most high-profile bishops.

He is expected to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Ordinariate. This may happen as early as next month, according to The Spectator.

However, because Dr Nazir-Ali is married, he cannot be ordained as a Catholic bishop.

The Catholic Ordinariate was established by Pope Benedict XVI ten years ago, with the aim of inducting Anglicans into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

Dr Nazir-Ali said: “I believe that the Anglican desire to adhere to apostolic, patristic and conciliar teaching can now best be maintained in the Ordinariate.

“Provisions there to safeguard legitimate Anglican patrimony are very encouraging and, I believe, that such patrimony in its Liturgy, approaches to biblical study, pastoral commitment to the community, methods of moral theology and much else besides has a great deal to offer the wider Church.

“I am looking forward to receiving from the riches of other parts of the Church, while perhaps making a modest contribution to the maintenance and enhancement of Anglican patrimony within the wider fellowship.


POLAND is planning to build a wall on its border with Belarus, defying warnings from Brussels not to engage in illegal pushbacks of migrants

The wall is expected to cost over 1.6 billion zlotys (£300 million), according to a draft bill Poland's MPs discussed yesterday. It is seen as a possible solution to stemming the flow of migrants trying to cross.

The announcement came as German police reported an upsurge in the number of migrants illegally entering Germany - the most popular final destination among asylum seekers - after first crossing the Belarus-Polish border and making their way westwards across Poland.

Poland began building a barbed wire fence along its border with Belarus in August to curb the illegal border crossings - despite criticism that some migrants were being treated inhumanely.

The new wall, equipped with a system of motion sensors and cameras, would further bolster border security.

Poland and fellow EU countries Lithuania and Latvia have reported sharp increases in migrants - from countries such as Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq - crossing their borders from Belarus.

"Despite the fact that the Polish-Belarusian section of the state border has been set up with barbed wire and a concertina-type wire fence, the number of attempts to cross the border is not decreasing, but is growing," said the justification of the bill posted on the parliament's website.

From the start of January until the end of September, it said, the Border Guard prevented 9,287 attempts to cross the frontier from Belarus into Poland, and of those around 8,000 took place in the last two months alone.

Poland, which is the EU's largest eastern member and has one of Europe's biggest border guard services, has for some time sought to invest in new technology to better monitor the border.

It has faced criticism for what many NGOs call illegal pushbacks when it comes to migrants entering Poland from Belarus and for not providing adequate shelter and support for those already in Poland.


Marine Who Criticized Disastrous Afghanistan Exit Has Been Handed His Sentence

After pleading guilty to all six charges against him relating to his public criticism of top military leaders amid the Afghanistan withdrawal, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. has been handed his sentence.

The judge issued a letter of reprimand and Scheller was ordered to forfeit $5,000 of one month’s pay, which would’ve been a two-month forfeiture of pay had he not already been in the brig for nine days for breaking a gag order.

The judge said he does not condone Scheller’s offenses, but noted his 17 year USMC career, saying that prior to his social media incident, he was an officer with an outstanding record – a record, he said, he weighed heavily.

The letter of reprimand was much less than what was recommended. The prosecution recommended a forfeiture of $5,000 of pay for 6 months and a letter of reprimand. The maximum penalty could have been forfeiture of 2/3 monthly pay for 12 months and a letter of reprimand. (Fox News)

Scheller first made waves when he posted a video in uniform the day of the Kabul terror attack that killed 13 U.S. service members and 170 Afghans.

“I’m not saying we’ve got to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying: Did any of you throw your rank on the table and say ‘hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone,’” Scheller said in the video, which was posted on social media.

“Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say ‘we completely messed this up.’”

"I’m not saying we can take back what has been done. All I asked for was accountability, for people to comment on what I said and to say, ‘Yes. Mistakes were made,’ he added. “And had they done that I would've gone back into rank and file, submitted, and accomplished what I wanted."




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