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Gingrich to Become Catholic During Easter Season
newsmax.com ^ | March 26, 2009 | staff

Posted on 03/27/2009 7:01:07 PM PDT by kellynla

Conservative author and former House speaker Newt Gingrich will celebrate the Easter season this year in a very special way – by converting to Roman Catholicism.

“I have become increasingly drawn to Catholicism over the past several years while attending Mass with my wife, Callista,” Gingrich tells Newsmax. “ After prayer and reflection, I believe this is where God has led me. I’m looking forward with great joy to being received into full communion with the Catholic Church.”

Rumors of the religious conversion began circulating last month when Gingrich, a Baptist since college, told The New York Times that he had been exploring a reaffirmation of the role of religion in public life and found himself increasingly attracted to his wife’s Roman Catholic faith.

Gingrich recently criticized the University of Notre Dame for choosing President Barack Obama as a commencement speaker. The Fox News contributor sent messages via micro-blogging service Twitter saying: “It is sad to see Notre Dame invite President Obama to give the commencement address since his policies are so anti Catholic values."

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholicism; convert; gingrich; newt; newtgingrich
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1 posted on 03/27/2009 7:01:08 PM PDT by kellynla
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To: Salvation; NYer; narses; A.A. Cunningham

ping


2 posted on 03/27/2009 7:01:34 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

I’ve learned to be cynical regarding Gingrich through hard lessons over the past decade or so. Finger to the wind. Is Callista teaching him Spanish, too?


3 posted on 03/27/2009 7:17:22 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: kellynla

Just damn!
Deserts his first wife.
Cheats on his second wife.
Betrays the Republican revolution by allowing himself to be blackmailed by the Clintons.


4 posted on 03/27/2009 7:17:32 PM PDT by american_ranger (Never ever use DirecTV)
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To: kellynla

Watch your back Benedict!


5 posted on 03/27/2009 7:18:11 PM PDT by ikka (Brother, you asked for it!)
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To: american_ranger

Yet he’s able to receive Catholic communion? I thought just one divorce and remarriage (let alone two!) would rule that out.


6 posted on 03/27/2009 7:22:22 PM PDT by Joann37
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To: american_ranger

A real shame that he screwed up his career because he is bright. A Carl Rovian type semi-RINO.

Tony Blair became a Catholic too after he let Muslims flood into England for 15 years. About the only decent well known conversion is Larry Kudlow who is a decent guy.


7 posted on 03/27/2009 7:23:30 PM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: RegulatorCountry

*Callista teaching him Spanish, too*

A blond from Wisconsin?


8 posted on 03/27/2009 7:23:41 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: american_ranger

and his children from his first wife are still close with him.


9 posted on 03/27/2009 7:24:32 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: SoCalPol
A blond from Wisconsin?

I apparently have a higher regard for the language skills of Wisconsin blondes than you, lol.

10 posted on 03/27/2009 7:30:38 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

What was the reason for asking about learing Spanish from a Person from Wisc.?


11 posted on 03/27/2009 7:35:22 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: SoCalPol

Finger to the wind, SoCalPol ... finger to the wind. Always remember that, when dealing with Newtie.


12 posted on 03/27/2009 7:37:30 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: SoCalPol

I just hope Gingrich has a relationship with Christ. His conversion is unsettling....


13 posted on 03/27/2009 7:38:06 PM PDT by simonpaul
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To: simonpaul

*I just hope Gingrich has a relationship with Christ*

I hope you do also


14 posted on 03/27/2009 7:41:17 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I may not agree with him on all issues but then you have a neighboring gov. south of you who is a global warmer and called people idiots who wished Obama to fail and some on FR think he is g-d


15 posted on 03/27/2009 7:43:48 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: kellynla

I say, Welcome Home Mr. Newt. I am very pleased. You all should come home too.


16 posted on 03/27/2009 7:46:41 PM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: SoCalPol

Didn’t say the guy doesn’t have his strengths. But, it does pay to always look for an angle with Newt. Didn’t he throw his lot in with the warmists himself?


17 posted on 03/27/2009 7:48:33 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: kellynla
hmmm, could this conversion have anything to do with any future presidential aspirations
18 posted on 03/27/2009 7:49:45 PM PDT by PeanutbutterandJellybean
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To: kellynla

Pretty judgmental group we got here. Amazing how they can look into a man’s soul. For the Christians here, remember that it was a thief that died alongside him and joined him that day in heaven.

So back off, lest ye be judged with the same lack of compassion and reconciliation you want to give Gingrich and Blair.


19 posted on 03/27/2009 7:50:57 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: RegulatorCountry

Not to the degree you think or as much as your neighboring gov. to the south of you


20 posted on 03/27/2009 7:51:07 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Joann37

It is a little complicated, but the same rules don’t apply to non-catholics. Since he wasn’t married in the eyes of the Catholic church before, he isn’t divorced in the eyes of the catholic church.


21 posted on 03/27/2009 7:52:17 PM PDT by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: kellynla

Newt and Gov. Sanford are on message, above all others. They both have limitations- but Newt has the edge right now, imo.


22 posted on 03/27/2009 7:59:40 PM PDT by VinL (VinL---It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: oldbill
Pretty judgmental group we got here.

Judge and expect to be judged BUMP!

23 posted on 03/27/2009 8:06:59 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: ichabod1

Incorrect. All marriages are assumed to be valid. 30 seconds of reading about annulments will tell you that. I went to a whole day seminar.


24 posted on 03/27/2009 8:30:05 PM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: RegulatorCountry

In case you haven’t noticed, if Newt is look for a soft berth, he is boarding the wrong ship. The Catholic Church is as much a target of the left as he is.


25 posted on 03/27/2009 9:00:44 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: ichabod1

If his first marriage was in a church, any church, he was married in the eyes of the Catholic Church. I don’t know if #1 is still alive but if she is, then the RCC would consider him married unless they got an annulment. And his present marriage, in the eyes of the church, would be invalid.

My former brother in law was married in (I think) Dutch Reformed Church, got divorced, married my sister. After some years of going to RC Church with her, he began the program for conversion. Halfway through, the priest told him that because of the first marriage in the eyes of the church he wasn’t married to my sister, and unless #1 agreed to an annulment he couldn’t go through with the conversion. Again, complicated, but he was married initially in a non-RCC but the RCC considered it a valid marriage.

Within weeks of the priest’s telling him that, my sister died suddenly (and conveniently), leaving him free to join the Church. And so he did.


26 posted on 03/27/2009 9:07:38 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: VinL

Nice to see Newt has seen the light and embraced the true faith. May this be a truly life changing experience for him. Now if he could become a true conservative.


27 posted on 03/27/2009 9:19:31 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: ichabod1
It is a little complicated, but the same rules don’t apply to non-catholics. Since he wasn’t married in the eyes of the Catholic church before, he isn’t divorced in the eyes of the catholic church.

It is my understanding that the Catholic Church recognizes two sacraments of other churches: baptism and marriage.

28 posted on 03/27/2009 9:29:25 PM PDT by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: kellynla

BTTT!


29 posted on 03/27/2009 10:04:50 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: RegulatorCountry

God isn’t cynical. Why are you?


30 posted on 03/27/2009 10:05:13 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: oldbill

That’s what I was thinking.


31 posted on 03/27/2009 10:07:40 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Patriotic1

You used the word “assumed”.

All marriages are not valid in the eyes of the church. I can give you several examples.


32 posted on 03/27/2009 10:08:39 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: american_ranger

So? He wants to join the Catholic Church so he can go to Confession!


33 posted on 03/27/2009 10:47:03 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Frantzie

Blair is an unrepentant pro-abort, as is his wife. His conversion is a joke.

Gingrich is pro-life. Maybe not with a perfect record, as a politician. But that’s what Confession is for.


34 posted on 03/27/2009 10:49:24 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Salvation
God isn’t cynical. Why are you?

I don't presume to know the mind of God regarding Newt Gingrich. Why do you?

I do know what I've seen of Mr. Gingrich, fallen sinner himself as we all are, and his particular weakness is political posturing, sometimes involving his religious faith.

Would you be nearly so credulous regarding his conversion, if he were not joining your own church?

35 posted on 03/27/2009 10:54:45 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

The Bible tells us that God is all loving and wants everyone to be saved.

“Many are called, but few are chosen.”


36 posted on 03/27/2009 11:01:51 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Yes, that’s true. Salvation does not come without repentance, though.


37 posted on 03/27/2009 11:09:24 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

And it would seem that Gingrich has displayed that repentance to a priest.

I am really surprised at your reasoning. Newt is a history buff. Leaving Catholicism out of the question for awhile, just look at it.

He wasn’t happy in the church he was in — supposedly.

So he started studying. Did history there and back further and back further to the Early Church Fathers and then back to the apostles and then back to Jesus Christ himself.

Then he looked for a religion that matched his research. What Protestant or other religion (other than Catholic) could match his research.

He also probably read stories of the saints and their testimonies, martyrdoms, and revelations.

I give it to his brains — discernment and knowledge — which then turned into something for his heart. But it all probably started with the study of religions, wouldn’t you agree?

Once again, remember that he is a historian! (And a good one at that!)


38 posted on 03/27/2009 11:21:05 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I also forgot one other factor in that study, research, discernment and gaining of knowledge.

The Holy Spirit, through prayer, has inspired the Gospels and writings of the Bibles. The saints’ testimonies are spirit-filled also.

I think it’s just that today’s world doesn’t want to realize that a Holy Spirit, third Person of the Holy Trinity exists and is alive and well in our secular world.

Just go back to Acts and re-read the account of the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. It is stunning to think about all the miracles that were worked that day!

With God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who can say that Gingrich has not truly converted. I know I can’t.

But as you mentioned the repentance — someone knows that link. Perhaps it will come out in future stories about his conversion.

Good night.


39 posted on 03/27/2009 11:25:19 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: american_ranger

Statistically, Newt is in line for better times. Maybe the church can purge him of his amoral 33rd degree masonic leanings....


40 posted on 03/28/2009 3:25:25 AM PDT by x_plus_one ("Salvation comes about though change in individual lives, not through the ending of unjust society")
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To: x_plus_one

He’s a mason? Or has just has “leanings”?

Freegards


41 posted on 03/28/2009 6:49:25 AM PDT by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: Frantzie
About the only decent well known conversion is Larry Kudlow who is a decent guy.

Hardly

Tony Snow, Robert Bork, Robert Novak, John Cardinal Newman, Laura Ingraham, Jane Wyman, Israel Zolli, Alec Guinness, John Wayne, Dave Brubeck, G.K. Chesterton, Clare Booth Luce, Sam Brownback, Gary Cooper, Francis Cardinal Arinze, Avery Cardinal Dulles, Scott Hahn, Bob Hope, Bobby Jindal, Peter Kreeft, Marcus Grodi, Jeb Bush, Norma McCorvey, Richard John Neuhaus, Linda Poindexter, Ramesh Ponnuru, Vincent Price, J. R. R. Tolkien, Bill Veeck, William Tecumseh Sherman, the Apostles, St. Paul, ad infintium.

42 posted on 03/28/2009 8:53:26 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: ichabod1

You are mistaken.


43 posted on 03/28/2009 8:56:00 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: ichabod1

Yes, may all come home *to Christ*.

To hell with Rome, BTW. Or as John the Baptist might say, “May Rome decrease and Christ increase.”

Yeah, I really tire of those who love Rome more than Christ, who would rather exalt Rome than Christ.


44 posted on 03/28/2009 9:02:39 AM PDT by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: kellynla

Well, I’ve scrolled down and read all the responses.

The main thing about Newt is whether he is sincere. I think he is. None of us can get into his mind and his heart and his soul, but God Himself. I do pray that this is a true conversion. If so, then Jesus can forgive him for past trangressions, and the rest is not our business. After all, we must remember Peter, who denied Jesus three times, yet was considered the first among the apostles; and then there is Paul who persecuted the first Christians and witnessed the stoning of Stephen without stopping it. Yet, Jesus chose Paul, the Pharisee, to become Apostle to the Gentiles and the writer of all the major epistles. So, we should not judge Newt’s Christian soul, because maybe we might also be judging the work of the Holy Spirit!

The church has to look into the validity of the marriages as Sacramental or not. I know Newt was not baptized at the time of his first marriage to a woman who was several years older than he was. Besides, I think she has passed away, so that marriage would not be of concern any longer. The second marriage would be the one to be studied.


45 posted on 03/28/2009 9:07:30 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: kellynla
I find it interesting, that many leaders are moving toward Catholicism.....I myself , have been distant do to some reservations over fund raising and activities of the church.

I never left god I just began to have reservations,I'll not discuss here, but the movement to the church is intriguing.

46 posted on 03/28/2009 9:15:06 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Kakaze
Well, the there have been many mistakes made by followers of Christ from St. Peter on down...a little issue of a sword and an ear, I believe...and Catholics are sinners like everybody else but if you wanna go to Heaven, why not go with the team & church that our Lord Jesus Christ founded.
47 posted on 03/28/2009 9:37:17 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Ransomed

33rd degree - the highest and mostest.


48 posted on 03/28/2009 10:10:05 AM PDT by x_plus_one ("Salvation comes about though change in individual lives, not through the ending of unjust society")
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To: All

Welcome home, Newt, and God bless you.
My congratulations as a convert of one year.
Easter has always been special; now it is moreso.


49 posted on 03/28/2009 12:25:38 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Don't worry, be hope-y.)
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To: La Enchiladita

And congratulations to you too!


50 posted on 03/28/2009 12:46:31 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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