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Newt Gingrich on his conversion to Catholicism
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 5, 2009 | Jim Galloway

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 speaker’s 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: I’m 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 — it’s 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 it’s been a process. It’s been a very long process and something which was deeply affected, in part, by Pope Benedict XVI’s 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. It’s been a long process.

WALLACE: And if I might ask, just briefly, what is it about the pope’s 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 what’s 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.



TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Religion & Politics; Worship
KEYWORDS: baptist; catholic; christians; chriswallace; convert; fns; foxnews; gingrich; interview; newt; newtgingrich
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I really believe, first of all, seeing the joy in [the pope's] eyes, listening to his message, and I really believe that his basic statement, Christ our hope, is right. And I think much of what’s 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.
1 posted on 04/05/2009 4:11:27 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

God Bless you Newt and welcome home!


2 posted on 04/05/2009 4:12:58 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (From the God Who brought you the plague of frogs and boils comes......OBAMA!!!!)
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To: Alex Murphy

Congrats to Newt and WELCOME HOME brother!


3 posted on 04/05/2009 4:14:07 PM PDT by Biggirl (GO UCONN!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: Alex Murphy

This is commensurate with his other ideas.


4 posted on 04/05/2009 4:17:47 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: mockingbyrd; nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; ...

**GINGRICH: I’m 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. **

Wow!

Catholic Ping!


5 posted on 04/05/2009 4:17:49 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Dutchboy88

Not your best work.


6 posted on 04/05/2009 4:20:13 PM PDT by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: mockingbyrd

“God Bless you Newt and welcome home!”

AMEN!!


7 posted on 04/05/2009 4:21:43 PM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: Petronski

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.


8 posted on 04/05/2009 4:26:32 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Alex Murphy

His latest wife is Catholic so he converts?

He goes where he is validated, nothing more.


9 posted on 04/05/2009 4:29:45 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Cancel liberal newspaper, magazine & cable TV subscriptions (Free TV-dtv.gov). Stop funding the MSM.)
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To: Dutchboy88

This thread is about Gingrich, not the other people you mention.


10 posted on 04/05/2009 4:29:58 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Alex Murphy

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.


11 posted on 04/05/2009 4:30:31 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Librerals are more dangerous to liberty than terrorists.)
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To: Dutchboy88

And Christ prayed with the prostitutes and tax collectors.


12 posted on 04/05/2009 4:34:30 PM PDT by Petronski (For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. -- Cdl. Stafford)
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To: ConservativeMind
He goes where he is validated, nothing more.

mental mousetrap.

13 posted on 04/05/2009 4:43:00 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (".,,made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate...")
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To: Alex Murphy
Mr. Gingrich, you have been a Baptist most of your life

Must have been a Baptist like Bubba. No truly born-again Christian could become a Catholic.

14 posted on 04/05/2009 4:43:10 PM PDT by smokinleroy (Eccl. 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: Dutchboy88

Boy are you ever bitter. That hatred must eat you up inside.


15 posted on 04/05/2009 4:43:55 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: smokinleroy
Must have been a Baptist like Bubba. No truly born-again Christian could become a Catholic.

Remarks like this are precious. They highlight perfectly that one can't embrace Catholicism without engaging his intellect.

16 posted on 04/05/2009 4:44:15 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (".,,made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate...")
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To: the invisib1e hand
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In Before Threadlock.

17 posted on 04/05/2009 4:45:25 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate...")
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To: vladimir998

Hi Vlad. No bitterness, just pointing out the same ‘ol concerns about the RCC or the CC whichever you and Pete now call it.


18 posted on 04/05/2009 4:48:34 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: Salvation
Great. But do we need really need more pagans?


19 posted on 04/05/2009 4:49:41 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: the invisib1e hand; smokinleroy

smokinleroy wrote:

“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.”


20 posted on 04/05/2009 4:49:54 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: mockingbyrd

Catholic Ping!


21 posted on 04/05/2009 4:51:18 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President)
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To: Dutchboy88

You wrote:

“Hi Vlad. No bitterness, just pointing out the same ‘ol concerns about the RCC or the CC whichever you and Pete now call it.”

No, there’s clearly bitterness there. Deny it all you like, but the hatred and bitterness come through loud and clear. And I call the Church the Catholic Church, not “RCC” nor “CC”. Since you can’t be bothered about either accuracy or precision, such a fact is meaningless to you.


22 posted on 04/05/2009 4:52:21 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: smokinleroy
No truly born-again Christian could become a Catholic.

...and no true Catholic ever becomes a so-called born again.

23 posted on 04/05/2009 4:52:27 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
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To: vladimir998; All
“Remarks like this are precious. They highlight perfectly that one can’t embrace Catholicism without knowing Christ.”

Hear, hear.

24 posted on 04/05/2009 4:55:49 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate...")
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To: Alex Murphy

My Catholicism is such a source of strength and comfort to me, I am filled with joy that another should find it.


25 posted on 04/05/2009 4:58:53 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: Alex Murphy

Guess he would rather be Catholic than be President since the GOP has never nominated a Catholic for President.


26 posted on 04/05/2009 4:59:19 PM PDT by ex-snook ( "Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: Alex Murphy
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 what’s 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.

Beautiful statement

27 posted on 04/05/2009 4:59:19 PM PDT by stfassisi ((The greatest gift God gives us is that of overcoming self"-St Francis Assisi)))
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To: vladimir998

Well, you have part of that right.


28 posted on 04/05/2009 5:01:47 PM PDT by Dutchboy88
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To: ElkGroveDan
John 3:
1. Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
2. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."
3. In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
4. "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
5. Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
6. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
7. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'

In a related story,

Researchers found that 18 percent of Catholics consider themselves born-again or evangelical

30 posted on 04/05/2009 5:08:30 PM PDT by smokinleroy (Eccl. 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: smokinleroy

All Catholics are born again in Baptism, whether they call themselves “born again” or not. It is an ontological fact, not dependent on mere labels.


31 posted on 04/05/2009 5:12:58 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Alex Murphy
I would not vote for him in the republican primary regardless if he is a catholic or baptist!
32 posted on 04/05/2009 5:13:13 PM PDT by longhorn too
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To: Alex Murphy; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest.

Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment

Obama: “If they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

34 posted on 04/05/2009 5:17:04 PM PDT by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: smokinleroy
No truly born-again Christian could become a Catholic.

Thank you for clarifying this for me!!!!! And here all this time I thought I was a born again Christian who was a Catholic. So am I born again, I have been baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior or am I Catholic, seeing that I accept all that is contained in the Apostles Creed? Geeze Louise, I'm so confused!

35 posted on 04/05/2009 5:19:23 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (From the God Who brought you the plague of frogs and boils comes......OBAMA!!!!)
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To: smokinleroy

“No truly born-again Christian could become a Catholic.”

Wrong. Every true Catholic is “born-again”, made new in Christ Jesus. That you do not understand this reveals a great deal about you, nothing more.


36 posted on 04/05/2009 5:19:51 PM PDT by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: ConservativeMind
Well, I give him more credit than that. Jeb converted too, didn't he? Look at brother Dubya, and what being "Texan" did for him with that tacky, Proddie SoCon crowd.

Oh W, that goof, gotta love him, what a prankster, what a spoof. Wasn't even being groomed, Jeb was, and look at him now, a double-bagger. He's even shown up Poppy, the rogue. But, Jeb's gone and hitched himself to the burgeoning demographic; he's done his due diligence, very prudent. So it's a bit problematic for Newtie.

That explains the media splash, Newt's got some ground to make up. The hot air's coming out of the warmist scam a little too soon, so he's calculated the dire need of a new gravy train to ride. Looks like he found it, but he's uncharacteristically behind the curve.

It's a horse race.

37 posted on 04/05/2009 5:21:47 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Bahbah

I share that comfort. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life and was in my 40s before finding my way back, but I’m here and glad. This inter-denominational squabbling over this saddens me. The man made a choice for his own reasons.


38 posted on 04/05/2009 5:24:03 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Alex Murphy

Welcome home Newt. You join a long list of individuals who abandoned heresy for the fullness of Truth found in His Church.


39 posted on 04/05/2009 5:24:35 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("From hell's heart I stab at thee... I spit my last breath at thee." ~ Khan Noonien Singh)
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To: Alex Murphy

I do pray he’s found Christ and not just the Church. He sounds sincere about it anyway.


40 posted on 04/05/2009 5:25:17 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: ElkGroveDan

That’s not true. I know several born again Catholics who love the Church, have chosen to stay in it. Born Again means you have chosen to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your life and save you. What’s the problem with that? Only born again believers will enter the Kingdom of God.


41 posted on 04/05/2009 5:28:33 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: smokinleroy
No truly born-again Christian could become a Catholic.

May I ask, Why?

42 posted on 04/05/2009 5:30:52 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: ConservativeMind

As a practicing Catholic, I can tell you that there are good things about being Catholic, but being “validated” is not one of them. People don’t fall all over visitors or newbies in the Catholic Church. Anybody who thinks the Catholic Church will “validate” him in any way, is delusional.


43 posted on 04/05/2009 5:32:35 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: SonOfPyrodex

THAT!!! is funny...


44 posted on 04/05/2009 5:32:41 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

It really does not matter which church you belong to as long as you believe.


45 posted on 04/05/2009 5:34:32 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Emmett McCarthy
This inter-denominational squabbling over this saddens me.

Me too.

46 posted on 04/05/2009 5:35:31 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: Brilliant
It really does not matter which church you belong to as long as you believe.

Believe what? In God? Then Muslims and Jews are good, theoretically. In Christ? Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses are in good shape.

C'mon now. That statement defies your handle.

47 posted on 04/05/2009 5:39:53 PM PDT by thefrankbaum (Ad maiorem Dei gloriam)
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To: ElkGroveDan
...and no true Catholic ever becomes a so-called born again.

Every true Catholic is born again at his baptism, which is what John 3:5 is talking about.

48 posted on 04/05/2009 5:42:11 PM PDT by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed Imposter")
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To: smokinleroy

Newt is a has been. He lacks moral character. The pope won’t help him.


49 posted on 04/05/2009 5:43:46 PM PDT by lbama
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To: SonOfPyrodex

Wow Newbie....that was REALLY DEEP!!


50 posted on 04/05/2009 5:45:48 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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