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Newt Gingrich: What Kind of Catholic Is He? [Born Lutheran, Turned Baptist, Now Catholic]
Washington Post ^ | December 23, 2011 | Melinda Henneberger

Posted on 12/23/2011 10:27:32 AM PST by Steelfish

Newt Gingrich: What Kind of Catholic Is He? Melinda Henneberger

December 23

The Newt Gingrich who talks about finding ways around the U.S. Supreme Court ban on school prayer and says public schools should be required to “teach the Creator” is not immediately recognizable to those who knew the former House speaker when he was not much of a church-goer. These days, Gingrich is running an overtly faith-based presidential campaign with echoes of televangelist Pat Robertson’s run in 1988.

But on a quieter tour of Catholic America that began more than a year ago, the GOP candidate has been sounding religious themes for some time. Since 2010, Gingrich and his third wife, Callista, have been showing their documentary film about Pope John Paul II, “Nine Days that Changed the World,” in Catholic churches and schools across the country.

And as an announcement for a September screening at Trinity Heights in Sioux City, Iowa, made clear, politics, faith and commerce come together in these outings: “Newt and Callista will be available after the film for DVD signing and a signing of the book, ‘Rediscovering God in America.’ ”

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has praised the influence of his wife, Callista Gingrich, and the choir she performs with when discussing his conversion to Catholicism.

Gingrich’s critics look askance at this busy intersection of personal and public, new faith and old, tribal politics, Roman practice and American commerce. They question the timing and sincerity of the former speaker’s conversion to Catholicism two years ago, especially in light of the Gingrich’s unspoken but unmistakable “I’m one of you” message in the venues where he shows his film to fellow Catholics, who are a key swing voting bloc.

That’s perhaps especially the case because the candidate, who was born a Lutheran and previously a....

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1 posted on 12/23/2011 10:27:37 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Newtie is a ‘born again’ novus ordo, phony Catholic. New members like these continue to dilute the congregations as they are truly agnostics and believe in nothing.

Newt believed that his former marriages were negated by the very fact that he became a ‘Catholic’ while the very reverse is true. Church believes that joining the church in order to negate prior marriages is a SIN!

Sorry, Newtie, no White Hut and no absolution for a serial marriager.


2 posted on 12/23/2011 10:33:07 AM PST by IbJensen (Demint for President, Paul for Treasury Secretary, Apaio For AG)
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To: Steelfish

Three wives three religious conversions. Good for him and it is up to him. But, he won’t be getting my vote.


3 posted on 12/23/2011 10:36:21 AM PST by indianrightwinger
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To: Steelfish

The stupidity of elites at the WaPo never ceases to amaze me. I grew up attending a Methodist church with classes also at a Lutheran church. After marriage went to a Baptist church, Assembles of God and Presbyterian. So what?


4 posted on 12/23/2011 10:36:59 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: IbJensen

As long as you know that is why he joined the church, I guess God won’t mind you judging another persons heart and soul.


5 posted on 12/23/2011 10:38:15 AM PST by Toespi
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To: Steelfish
Already posted here:
What kind of Catholic is Newt Gingrich?
6 posted on 12/23/2011 10:38:26 AM PST by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2703506/posts?page=518#518)
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To: Alex Murphy; Steelfish

Except that one is on the RF. Not going there.


7 posted on 12/23/2011 10:40:30 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Steelfish

Newtie would be more comfortable as a Mormon.....before they did away with polygamy.


8 posted on 12/23/2011 10:41:03 AM PST by Cousin It
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To: Steelfish

Yet another Leftist elitist harridan hit piece from WaPo-Obama.


9 posted on 12/23/2011 10:41:57 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Steelfish

I don’t get how a true Baptist can turn Catholic?


10 posted on 12/23/2011 10:42:09 AM PST by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Steelfish

How is a person “born” Lutheran?

My mother was Methodist, my father Catholic. So was I born a Metholic? Or a Cathodist?

I’m so confused.


11 posted on 12/23/2011 10:44:10 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: Jim Robinson; IbJensen; thesaleboat; Sick of Lefties; Chainmail; StrongandPround; lilyramone; ...
IbJensen wrote:
Newtie is a ‘born again’ novus ordo, phony Catholic. New members like these continue to dilute the congregations as they are truly agnostics and believe in nothing.

Newt believed that his former marriages were negated by the very fact that he became a ‘Catholic’ while the very reverse is true. Church believes that joining the church in order to negate prior marriages is a SIN!

Sorry, Newtie, no White Hut and no absolution for a serial marriager.

Look at their accomplishments. Newt allied himself with Ronald Reagan to build the Reagan Coalition, the Religious Right, and the Republican majority (together ethe Reagan Revolution) which directly led the downfall of the Soviet Union, the Contract with America, government reforms, less government, tax cuts, a balanced budget, and the great, long-standing Reagan economy.

Romney, on the other hand, vehemently denied Ronald Reagan and aligned himself with Ted Kennedy and the left. Romney accomplished installing liberal big government programs, defended and promoted Roe v Wade and legalized abortion as “settled law,” advocated and implemented RomneyCare with its liberty killing government mandates against formerly free citizens and its taxpayer funded or subsidized and mandated abortion procedures. He ran and governed to the left of Ted Kennedy on the “gay agenda” resulting in gay marriage in Massachusetts. He appointed liberal judges and liberal appointees throughout his government. Under his “leadership” conservatism and the Republican party was all but destroyed in Massachusetts.

Romney is one evil liberal progressive. No way in hell will MittBots be allowed to support this abortionist, big government, socialist scumbag on FR!

Guess my message isn’t clear enough. I have to keep repeating it and zotting would be MittBots.

79 posted on Sat Dec 03 2011 19:59:37 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time) by Jim Robinson

12 posted on 12/23/2011 10:45:02 AM PST by narses
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To: SandyInSeattle

LOL!!!


13 posted on 12/23/2011 10:45:40 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Jim Robinson; IbJensen; thesaleboat; Sick of Lefties; Chainmail; StrongandPround; lilyramone; ...
IbJensen wrote:
Newtie is a ‘born again’ novus ordo, phony Catholic. New members like these continue to dilute the congregations as they are truly agnostics and believe in nothing.

Newt believed that his former marriages were negated by the very fact that he became a ‘Catholic’ while the very reverse is true. Church believes that joining the church in order to negate prior marriages is a SIN!

Sorry, Newtie, no White Hut and no absolution for a serial marriager.

Look at their accomplishments. Newt allied himself with Ronald Reagan to build the Reagan Coalition, the Religious Right, and the Republican majority (together ethe Reagan Revolution) which directly led the downfall of the Soviet Union, the Contract with America, government reforms, less government, tax cuts, a balanced budget, and the great, long-standing Reagan economy.

Romney, on the other hand, vehemently denied Ronald Reagan and aligned himself with Ted Kennedy and the left. Romney accomplished installing liberal big government programs, defended and promoted Roe v Wade and legalized abortion as “settled law,” advocated and implemented RomneyCare with its liberty killing government mandates against formerly free citizens and its taxpayer funded or subsidized and mandated abortion procedures. He ran and governed to the left of Ted Kennedy on the “gay agenda” resulting in gay marriage in Massachusetts. He appointed liberal judges and liberal appointees throughout his government. Under his “leadership” conservatism and the Republican party was all but destroyed in Massachusetts.

Romney is one evil liberal progressive. No way in hell will MittBots be allowed to support this abortionist, big government, socialist scumbag on FR!

Guess my message isn’t clear enough. I have to keep repeating it and zotting would be MittBots.

79 posted on Sat Dec 03 2011 19:59:37 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time) by Jim Robinson

14 posted on 12/23/2011 10:45:51 AM PST by narses
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To: Java4Jay

Where’s that in the Bible?


15 posted on 12/23/2011 10:47:00 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: indianrightwinger

I saw multiple comments from you on the thread where it was claimed that Newt Gingrich had told a gay voter to vote for Obama and not Gingrich. You were very hard on Gingrich for saying such an impolitic thing, but then the story turned out to be false. Do you have any regrets about using a false story to grind your axe against Gingrich?


16 posted on 12/23/2011 10:49:32 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: Java4Jay

Because he found religion and joined the true Church.


17 posted on 12/23/2011 10:50:23 AM PST by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: DJ MacWoW

The WP is less comfortable with NG’s ‘conversion’ I suspect because if it’s of the nature of Bork’s say, it may inform the way he acts on issues. That’s bad news for the sodomy lobby especially and the anti-christian folks in general.


18 posted on 12/23/2011 10:51:41 AM PST by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: Steelfish

It’s very difficult to join the Catholic Church as an adult. It takes a lot of effort. You don’t just go down and sign up. It can easily take a year with lots of studying.
It has been my observation that the ones who get through the long process turn out to be very devout.

Just saying...


19 posted on 12/23/2011 10:54:41 AM PST by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: Steelfish

Melinda Henneberger of the Wapo isn’t a quality source for a conservative Christian to reference. Now, why was this article selected?


20 posted on 12/23/2011 10:57:18 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT (I will go back to New Hampshire to campaign.)
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To: MSF BU

I believe that’s part of it. Part hate, part ignorance.


21 posted on 12/23/2011 10:59:04 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Steelfish

It is indeed comforting to know that our Godless friends in the media want to help us turn away from Newt because we need to be protected from his religious beliefs?

It doesn’t occur to these morons that for those who care about Newt’s religion this is old news and for those who don’t care about his religion this is NO NEWS!


22 posted on 12/23/2011 11:00:42 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: IbJensen

Being a cradle Catholic myself I don’t think the judgement is your’s or the Washington’s compost to make....I like Newt better than some of the others and IMHO he’s a better Catholic than Nancy Pelosi is!


23 posted on 12/23/2011 11:05:36 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Java4Jay

I’ve never got how anyone could be Baptist in the first place and preach against the church that Christ started?


24 posted on 12/23/2011 11:07:35 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

“... he’s a better Catholic than Nancy Pelosi is”

Amen, Chris. He is also a better Catholic than any of the Kennedy clan.


25 posted on 12/23/2011 11:07:58 AM PST by momtothree
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To: babygene

What you say is true.

And anyway, I heartily welcome Protestants. Sinners and all. In many there’s a wealth of spirituality, Bible scholarship, activism and - don’t laugh - good singing... especially from the south.

http://youtu.be/UnfhQ5I937M

It’s not up to me, but wherever possible, I’m ecumenical. Especially when it comes to the major issue of abortion.

That said, I’d vote for Sarah Palin in a heartbeat regardless of her affiliation.


26 posted on 12/23/2011 11:12:28 AM PST by Youaskedforit
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To: Steelfish

Gingrich was born at the Harrisburg Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 1943, as Newton Leroy McPherson. His mother, Kathleen “Kit” (née Daugherty; 1925–2003), and father, Newton Searles McPherson, married in September 1942, when she was 16 and McPherson was 19.

Appears his mother was possibly Irish Catholic - so he is returning to his roots.

His bio father was likely Scottish Presbyterian but did not raise him.
http://www.houseofnames.com/mcpherson-coat-of-arms

Maybe his adopted father (Gingrich) was the Lutheran???

Newt’s conversion is between himself and God.


27 posted on 12/23/2011 11:27:57 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: Java4Jay
"I don’t get how a true Baptist can turn Catholic?"

Probably an act of pure grace. As one who swum the Tiber to Rome a number of years ago, I can only say "Come on in, the water's fine!"

28 posted on 12/23/2011 11:30:14 AM PST by Reo (the 4th Estate is a 5th Column)
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To: Java4Jay

A true believer in the Truth will eventually find it.


29 posted on 12/23/2011 11:41:09 AM PST by moonhawk (Romney tucks his tail and licks the hand that beats him. Newt rips it off at the shoulder.)
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To: chris_bdba

Well said.


30 posted on 12/23/2011 11:50:03 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Reo

Can’t beat that for a riposte. Come home one and all to the “One True, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” Nicene Creed.


31 posted on 12/23/2011 11:52:17 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Java4Jay
I don’t get how a true Baptist can turn Catholic?

A regular Baptist could...But a born-again Baptist couldn't...

32 posted on 12/23/2011 11:58:17 AM PST by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: Iscool

“A regular Baptist could...But a born-again Baptist couldn’t...”

Perfect response. A born-again person of any denomination wouldn’t turn Catholic. You can’t get “un-saved” once born again, and turning to a religion of idolatry and salvation by works wouldn’t be possible if truly born again.

I feel that Newt lives his life determined exclusively by what’s expedient to him at any point in time. It’s scary both when related to religion and politics. It’s hard to respect or trust someone who has no deep convictions.


33 posted on 12/23/2011 12:26:48 PM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: vbmoneyspender

Yes. I regret basing that accusation on a false story. Nonetheless, the fact that Newt is an arrogant loose cannon is well established.

Merry Christmas my friend.


34 posted on 12/23/2011 12:35:56 PM PST by indianrightwinger
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To: IbJensen

“Newtie is a ‘born again’ novus ordo, phony Catholic. New members like these continue to dilute the congregations as they are truly agnostics and believe in nothing.”

As a cradle Catholic, I find your comment sad & pathetic. What an unwelcoming attitude toward converts. And, since I was born in 1977, I’m a “novus ordo” Catholic so I guess in your eyes I’m not legit??

Some converts to the Church are more devout & pious than us cradles. And they’ve done a better job at evangelizing. Are you questioning the authenticity of people like Steven Ray & Dr Scott Hahn??

Really, I wish you’d retract your comment. What an unfortunate thing to say.


35 posted on 12/23/2011 12:59:14 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: Steelfish
Getting a religious assessment from the Washington Post is akin to getting a lesson in ethics from Madame Pelosi.
Both worthless, and couched in words intended to deceive.
36 posted on 12/23/2011 1:10:12 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: MSF BU

Who cares? At least he’s not a Muslim.


37 posted on 12/23/2011 1:10:24 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


38 posted on 12/23/2011 1:10:59 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: starlifter
“Because he found religion and joined the true Church.”

Finding religion has nothing to do with becoming a Christian. A Christian is a person who through the Grace of God acknowledges that they are a lost sinner in need of a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus Christ. By believing that Jesus is the only Son of God, that he was crucified and on the third day was resurrected, and in repentance ask Jesus to forgive you and reside in your heart you will be saved.

A true born again Christian will still stumble and fall many times but according to I John 1-9 “ If we confess our sins , he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Jesus gave his life for us as a free gift.
Ephesians 2 8-9 For grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Membership in any particular church is not what save you, it is your faith and trust in Jesus.

39 posted on 12/23/2011 1:17:59 PM PST by longhorn too
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To: sodpoodle

His grandmother was Lutheran...


40 posted on 12/23/2011 1:22:12 PM PST by scbison
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To: Steelfish

Wait, didn’t Gingrich “become” Catholic to appease his wife. Hasn’t he always been open that his real religion is Tofflerism?


41 posted on 12/23/2011 1:26:36 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: IbJensen
Newtie is a ‘born again’ novus ordo, phony Catholic.

So you are privy to his catechisis and to his Confession? I thought not.

42 posted on 12/23/2011 1:33:17 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: narses

Newtie infamously posed on a divan with Nutsy Pelousy to co-endorse cap and trade and gorebal warming!

He is a two faced nincompoop and Romney is no better

The bottom line is that both of these supposed candidates are utterly worthless to a nation that is in dire straits and in desperate need of a true leader!

His new-found religion is yet another example of his poor character.


43 posted on 12/23/2011 1:55:31 PM PST by IbJensen (Demint for President, Paul for Treasury Secretary, Apaio For AG)
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To: surroundedbyblue

It’s unfortunately that I felt compelled to make the comment, but it is, nevertheless, true.


44 posted on 12/23/2011 1:57:35 PM PST by IbJensen (Demint for President, Paul for Treasury Secretary, Apaio For AG)
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To: narses
As I've said before, unfortunately many times, neither candidate is worth a bucket of warm spit*!

*(Stolen from one of FDR's many vice-presidents.)

45 posted on 12/23/2011 2:02:40 PM PST by IbJensen (Demint for President, Paul for Treasury Secretary, Apaio For AG)
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To: indianrightwinger
I appreciate the straight-up, honorable response.

Have a Merry Christmas.

46 posted on 12/23/2011 2:20:12 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: MayflowerMadam

Creighton Abrams apparently made the same error, going from a Methodist to RC. Ditto, Justices Bork & Thomas along with Tony Blair.


47 posted on 12/23/2011 2:27:22 PM PST by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: IbJensen

Candidly I don’t know whether Gingrich is sincere or not. I do however amazingly arrogant you you to presume you can see into the heart of a person you probably don’t know.

When did God grant you these special powers?

Why not put your special gifts to use telling us who the child molesters are?


48 posted on 12/23/2011 2:37:08 PM PST by Leto (Damn shame Palin didn't run, The Presidency was Her's for the taking)
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To: IbJensen

As a happy & thankful convert to the Catholic Church I feel sad for you for yours assertion. Peace be with you.


49 posted on 12/23/2011 3:27:10 PM PST by TheStickman
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To: Cousin It
Newtie would be more comfortable as a Mormon.....before they did away with polygamy.

Newt just couldn't make the numbers work for that, better fit though it may well have been.

50 posted on 12/23/2011 3:32:50 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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