Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich on his conversion to Catholicism
Posted on 04/05/2009 4:11:27 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
Congressional Quarterly has posted a transcript of Fox News Sunday, including this exchange between Chris Wallace and Newt Gingrich about the former House speakers conversion to Catholicism:
WALLACE: Mr. Gingrich, you have been a Baptist most of your life, and last Sunday you converted to Catholicism. Why, sir?
GINGRICH: Im not talking about this much publicly, but let me just say that I found over the course of the last decade, attending the basilica, meeting with Monsignor Rossi, reading the literature, that there was a peace in my soul and a sense of well being in the Catholic Church, and I found the mass of conversion last Sunday one of the most powerful moments of my life.
WALLACE: You have its no secret been married and divorced twice. Will you be able to participate fully in communion and all the other rites of the Catholic Church?
GINGRICH: Yes, we have done everything within the law of the church, following all of the rules of the church over the last 10 years. And its been a process. Its been a very long process and something which was deeply affected, in part, by Pope Benedict XVIs visit and the opportunity I had to sit in as you know, my wife, Calista, sings at the basilica every Sunday, and I was allowed as a spouse to be there as part of the vespers program when the pope came. Its been a long process.
WALLACE: And if I might ask, just briefly, what is it about the popes visit that led to this?
GINGRICH: I really believe, first of all, seeing the joy in his eyes, listening to his message, and I really believe that his basic statement, Christ our hope, is right. And I think much of whats wrong with our country and with the western world is a function of looking inside ourselves, not just looking at money or looking at our wallets.
God Bless you Newt and welcome home!
Congrats to Newt and WELCOME HOME brother!
This is commensurate with his other ideas.
**GINGRICH: Im not talking about this much publicly, but let me just say that I found over the course of the last decade, attending the basilica, meeting with Monsignor Rossi, reading the literature, that there was a peace in my soul and a sense of well being in the Catholic Church, and I found the mass of conversion last Sunday one of the most powerful moments of my life. **
Not your best work.
“God Bless you Newt and welcome home!”
C’mon. Go check out Diego Monroy from the Basilica de Guadalupe praying with Hilary just before she heads to get the Planned Parenthood award for “Most Babies Murdered Supporter”. You guys have this thing down tight. Glad to send Newt over to help keep the consistency.
His latest wife is Catholic so he converts?
He goes where he is validated, nothing more.
This thread is about Gingrich, not the other people you mention.
I’m not Catholic but I respect Newt’s decision immensely. I don’t always agree with him and frequently think he grandstands, but he truly is a major intellect. I wish him well.
And Christ prayed with the prostitutes and tax collectors.
Must have been a Baptist like Bubba. No truly born-again Christian could become a Catholic.
Boy are you ever bitter. That hatred must eat you up inside.
Remarks like this are precious. They highlight perfectly that one can't embrace Catholicism without engaging his intellect.
In Before Threadlock.
Hi Vlad. No bitterness, just pointing out the same ‘ol concerns about the RCC or the CC whichever you and Pete now call it.
“Must have been a Baptist like Bubba. No truly born-again Christian could become a Catholic.”
the invisib1e hand responded with:
“Remarks like this are precious. They highlight perfectly that one can’t embrace Catholicism without engaging his intellect.”
the invisib1e hand, you’re much more charitable than I am. I would have said: “Remarks like this are precious. They highlight perfectly that one can’t embrace Catholicism without knowing Christ.”
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