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Gingrich Keeps Quiet on Catholic Conversion (received into Church over the past weekend)
US News ^ | March 30, 2009 | Dan Gilgoff

Posted on 03/31/2009 12:01:32 PM PDT by NYer

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich converted to Roman Catholicism over the weekend at St. Joseph's Church in Washington, D.C. So far, Gingrich has been conspicuously quiet about his conversion. He didn't mention it in an interview with me earlier this month that focused on his stepped-up efforts to organize religious conservatives and promote religious liberty issues.

An enthusiastic Twitterer, the former speaker has gone tweetless since Saturday. Best I can tell, Newt's one recent mention of Catholicism was a tweet last Tuesday about President Obama's forthcoming appearance at Notre Dame: "It is sad to see notre dame invite president obama to give the commencement address Since his policies are so anti catholic values."

I checked with his media team, which says that Newt is declining interview requests about his conversion for now but that he may open up later in the year.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: catholic; gingrich; newt; newtgingrich
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1 posted on 03/31/2009 12:01:32 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
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2 posted on 03/31/2009 12:02:02 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Unless you’re a charletan, converting is generally a quiet private affair. There was this guy before named Stephen Dubner who tried to make his career writing about his conversion but I saw the entire affair as rather tasteless.


3 posted on 03/31/2009 12:04:10 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: NYer

Wouldn’t it be Easter?


4 posted on 03/31/2009 12:05:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: NYer

Who? ..some old washed up has-been global warming believing ex-conservartive Speaker, currently a Sean Hannity Butt-Boy!


5 posted on 03/31/2009 12:05:24 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: nickcarraway

You can be received at any time. In recent years, it has become customary to receive converts in a group after an RCIA program at the Easter Vigil, but converts who have had private instruction or for some reason aren’t part of an RCIA program are received whenever they’re ready.


6 posted on 03/31/2009 12:07:29 PM PDT by livius
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To: All
Other well-known personalities who have swum the Tiber.


Gary Cooper


Jeb Bush


Frances Shand Kydd - Mother of Princess Diana

7 posted on 03/31/2009 12:07:31 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

That he doesn’t want to talk about it is natural; it is however unusual not to wait till Easter, only a few weeks away. Perhaps that, too, was done to reduce the media noise.


8 posted on 03/31/2009 12:07:46 PM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: NYer

Good for Newt.

Religion isn’t (or shouldn’t be, anyway), a public relations opportunity.


9 posted on 03/31/2009 12:07:48 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney: Collect the whole set!)
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To: nickcarraway

Normally it would be at the Easter Vigil Mass but it is not uncommon for well known personalities to make this a private affair.


10 posted on 03/31/2009 12:08:41 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: TexasCajun

He’s a human being who became a Catholic. And he’s a heck of a lot more conservative and intelligent than many, even though I don’t agree with all of his positions.


11 posted on 03/31/2009 12:09:13 PM PDT by livius
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To: NYer

It’s a private matter. Why should he comment?


12 posted on 03/31/2009 12:10:39 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: NYer
“So far, Gingrich has been conspicuously quiet about his conversion.”

Can one be “conspicuously quiet” in a normal civilized setting? (I'm excluding rallies for the Fuhrer of any era.). I think it absurd to describe someone as “conspicuously quiet” on a personal matter.

13 posted on 03/31/2009 12:11:00 PM PDT by ChessExpert (Am I a socialist? I'm stunned, absolutely stunned, that you should ask, Barack Hussein Obama.)
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To: NYer

Thank you for that. I didn’t know about Cooper. Nice to know.


14 posted on 03/31/2009 12:13:04 PM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: NYer

Well I certainly hope that he is better behaved as a Roman Catholic than he was as a Baptist. As a Baptist I always was embarrassed by his adultury and divorces - especially his repeat performance while President Clinton was doing his Monica thing. BTW - Mr. Clinton is an example of a BINO. Kinda like some of the Kennedys that are CINOs.


15 posted on 03/31/2009 12:13:56 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: livius
I give Newt a hard time and those like Hannity that always have this guy on radio and TV.

I want to hear from some of our Freshmen Conservatives like Pete Olson (R-TX), Tom Delay's old seat taken back from Rat Nick Lampson.

I want to hear from from Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal.

Got write a book Newt, just go away.

16 posted on 03/31/2009 12:14:59 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: NYer

Princess Di dove in and swam the Tibur also! It wasn’t widely known but she had a funeral in a Catholic Church before her public state funeral.


17 posted on 03/31/2009 12:15:51 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: annalex

Newt probably converted as an individual - you’re right that Easter is the time to celebrate your first Eucharist but not always.


18 posted on 03/31/2009 12:17:19 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: NYer
I once read an interesting story about Princess Diana's potential conversion to Catholicism some years ago. If I remember the story correctly, Mother Teresa actually talked her out of it.
19 posted on 03/31/2009 12:17:31 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: ChessExpert

I think it absurd to describe someone as “conspicuously quiet” on a personal matter.”

I think the conspicuous aspect has to do with who this convert is, namely Newt, ie, anytime Newt is quiet, that is noteworthy. Seems to be apt, really.


20 posted on 03/31/2009 12:18:41 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Professor_Leonide

Are you able to document this?


21 posted on 03/31/2009 12:19:36 PM PDT by Romulus ("Ira enim viri iustitiam Dei non operatur")
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To: NYer

Welcome home, Mr. Gingrich!


22 posted on 03/31/2009 12:20:15 PM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: mountainbunny

Religion isn’t (or shouldn’t be, anyway), a public relations opportunity.

This guy usually carried an oversized bible.


23 posted on 03/31/2009 12:20:20 PM PDT by dancusa (Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.)
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To: TexasCajun

Fiction doesn’t become you.

Unless you sit at the right hand of G-d, take care of your own religious life.


24 posted on 03/31/2009 12:20:30 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: dancusa

Proves my point perfectly.

Thank you.


25 posted on 03/31/2009 12:21:43 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Dan Quayle: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind")
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To: Romulus

Document what? There have been Jewish converts to the Roman Catholic Church that didn’t happen on Easter for expediency or discretion. It happened with Newt - isn’t that documentation enough for you?

I hope I didn’t misunderstand your question.


26 posted on 03/31/2009 12:21:57 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: Alberta's Child

I heard it different than you.


27 posted on 03/31/2009 12:24:03 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: NYer

Perhaps Sarah Palin will see the error of her ways and swim the Tibur too! We can always hope, right?

Sarah Palin, a lovely woman already, would just cause our hearts to burst with gladness if she was seen caressing a rosary... And kneeling in prayer!


28 posted on 03/31/2009 12:25:35 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: NYer

God bless him :)


29 posted on 03/31/2009 12:27:22 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: NYer
He probably went dark on the subject because a leftist on Twitter ripped him as the "thrice divorced, blah, blah..." However, he tweeted just an hour ago.
30 posted on 03/31/2009 12:28:02 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: NYer

Other converts to our Church include Malcolm Muggeridge, Knute Rockne, Tony Blair, Clare Booth Luce, Bob Hope, Bobby Jindal, Russell Kirk, Tony Snow, and Jane Wyman


31 posted on 03/31/2009 12:28:37 PM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: Professor_Leonide
I saw your post above. Very interesting!

The story I heard was that she was looking to convert almost out of a sense of vindictiveness -- mainly to have her two sons also convert, so they would not be able to serve as King of England (since 1688, British law has forbidden Roman Catholics from serving on the throne).

From what I understood, Mother Teresa convinced her that she would be doing it for the wrong reasons.

32 posted on 03/31/2009 12:29:13 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: Welcome2thejungle
Thanks for that info.

And welcome to Free Republic, FRiend!

33 posted on 03/31/2009 12:32:07 PM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: Welcome2thejungle
Modern-day conservatives can also add Larry Kudlow, Laura Ingraham and Clarence Thomas to that list!

And an interesting one is Dick Morris.

34 posted on 03/31/2009 12:34:11 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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To: NYer

Dick Morris 

Robert Novak 

Robert Bork 

Tony Blair

Tony Snow

And many more

35 posted on 03/31/2009 12:34:24 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: mick

No problem. I saw a pretty thorough list of prominent Catholic converts on Wikipedia and there are many hundreds more. I just named some of the most familiar.


36 posted on 03/31/2009 12:36:51 PM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: Professor_Leonide
Perhaps Sarah Palin will see the error of her ways

Hmmmmmmmm....

37 posted on 03/31/2009 12:37:29 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Coleus

Didn’t know about Dick Morris. But two other Jewish converts include Lew Lehrman and Larry Kudlow.


38 posted on 03/31/2009 12:39:29 PM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: NYer

“Gingrich has been conspicuously quiet about his conversion.”

So ficking what!!!

Unless he wants to make it public, it’s nobody elses bussiness.


39 posted on 03/31/2009 12:40:15 PM PDT by Gator113 (For America to Survive, Obama Must Fail..... Obama=Failure in Chief with the Audacity of Dope.....)
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To: TexasCajun

Who? ..some old washed up has-been global warming believing ex-conservartive Speaker, currently a Sean Hannity Butt-Boy!
>>>

what does his conversion have to do with his job? Oh, and you forgot to mention that Newty is pro-life.


40 posted on 03/31/2009 12:41:19 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: Professor_Leonide

“Perhaps Sarah Palin will see the error of her ways”

Bigot!


41 posted on 03/31/2009 12:44:57 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I mean religious errors, not political errors. Her only political error was trusting John McCain’s advisors.


42 posted on 03/31/2009 12:50:50 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: NYer

Most of his ardent fans already know this, but John Wayne also converted!


43 posted on 03/31/2009 12:51:28 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: NYer
So far, Gingrich has been conspicuously quiet about his conversion.

How can you be "conspicuously quiet"? Only if there is some jerk from US News who wants you to give him an interview. None of your beeswax, Gilgoff.

44 posted on 03/31/2009 12:51:43 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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Perhaps Sarah Palin will see the error of her ways and swim the Tibur too! We can always hope, right?

She was born and raised Catholic and left the Church in her 20s.

45 posted on 03/31/2009 12:54:19 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Professor_Leonide
Most of his ardent fans already know this, but John Wayne also converted!

As did Bob Hope. The list grows longer each day.

46 posted on 03/31/2009 12:59:27 PM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: buccaneer81

No kidding? I guess she gained her strong pro-life viewpoints as a young Catholic.

Many cradle Catholics will dabble in the evangelical Christian movement and then return home - like baal teshuvahs - which is good. Evangelical Christianity has its good points and they do try their hardest to oppose the evil of this world, so there’s definitely something to be said about that.


47 posted on 03/31/2009 12:59:59 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: NYer

Did Leo Gorcey convert?


48 posted on 03/31/2009 1:00:53 PM PDT by Professor_Leonide (I said to the young man who showed me a photo, "Who can ever be sure what is behind a mask?")
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To: Professor_Leonide

It would be a matter of Gov. Palin returning as her Parents were
Catholic and became members of their current church when Sarah was a young girl


49 posted on 03/31/2009 1:01:22 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Welcome2thejungle

add Judge Borke to your list


50 posted on 03/31/2009 1:02:26 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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