When Newt converted back to Catholicism, he said he experienced an inner peace he had never know before.
Came home to his roots.
I'm thinking of doing it myself. When my Irish-American grandfather was being born and his mom was having a potentially fatal labor with him, her priest was called and he chose "the life of the baby over the life of the mother", even though she had 16 previous children. This caused some of the grown sons to convert to Protestant in outrage. His widowed father shortly drank himself to death in his own pub, and the boy, frequently reminded that he had "killed" his mother, was raised by shuttling among religiously warring relatives.
When suitably grown, Pop married a Scots Protestant girl largely because they were both orphans and had been living at the mercy of embattled relatives. So they "set up housekeeping" on their own and fought like true Scots-Irish until my grandfather's deathbed conversion to Protestantism 55 years later -- largely because my grandma had called for the Protestant minister, and Pop had not darkened the inside of a church of either faith for the same 55 years.
My Scots-American grandma had brought up all their offspring as Protties, and I was born to one of the daughters who married a Prottie, although her various siblings married Catholics and our cousin group was about evenly divided Catholic/Protestant. And divided we were, with all the adults fighting over the dinner table at every holiday over Kennedy vs Nixon, or Roe v Wade vs Life, or Affirmative Action vs hiring for merit. All the Catholics just happened to be Democrat and all the Protties Republican, so I was happy with the status quo of being Protestant on political grounds alone.
But as my own life slouches towards the inevitable, and now that the Democrats' embrace of partial-birth abortion and assorted other impieties have made it safer to be a Republican and a Catholic, I'm considering it. I'm tired of the flaccid lack of Biblical authority (which, in Catholicism, is based on traditional scholarship) that is the Protestant free-for-all, swirling the drain of deconstructionist moral relativism and homosexual insurrection. When I read "the land of saints and scholars" in reference to Ireland in this American Thinker article, my heart leapt.
I like Gingrich. I like Santorum. I liked Cain. I hope and pray the three of them have prominent roles in our next administration. I want to see Palin as Secretary of Energy, to resurrect that long-awaited and vital oil pipeline on earth, and the Christian men resurrecting an utterly indispensable pipeline to righteousness in our dangerously heathenized nation.
Newt has changed dramatically. Here are some FR links about his conversion.
Newt Brings Gaelic Fury To The GOP Race (some personal family history)
Newt Gingrich Attacks Fashionable Anti-Catholic Bigotry
Newt Gingrich: What Kind of Catholic Is He? [Born Lutheran, Turned Baptist, Now Catholic]
Newt Gingrich: Americas Next Catholic President?
Clemson Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich (38%) momentum growing, most S.C. GOP voters still uncommitted
Gingrich Threatens GOP's Chance to Nab Independents
The Evangelical Case for Newt Gingrich
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics [ecumenical}
Newt Gingrich on Catholicism and JPII
Why Newt Gingrich Converted to Catholicism
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Opens Up on Catholic Conversion and Embracing 'Overt Christianity'
Newt Gingrich on his conversion to Catholicism
Gingrich Keeps Quiet on Catholic Conversion (received into Church over the past weekend)
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich conversion details; plans release of JP2 documentary
Gingrich to Become Catholic During Easter Season
The Newt Evangelization: Gingrich to become Catholic