Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

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
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 251-252 next last
To: smokinleroy

uh....it’s called BAPTISM, which is what every Catholic goes thru......Baptism is being born-again into the Holy Spirit.


51 posted on 04/05/2009 5:46:49 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Emmett McCarthy
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.

nice to see someone walked my path. I was a fallen Catholic and really a Catholic in baptism only. My acts, thoughts and actions were of a hedonist and full of the pride of "knowing" right from wrong.

A friend took me to a "Promise Keepers" in Tampa and I went mainly as a friend. I found a great emptiness in my life.

I am the worst example of a Christian and will find myself in Heaven only if God is truly merciful and forgiving. I am also a Catholic. I wish my church wasn't infested with communist, socialist, liberals, pederasts and the rest of the hypocrisy that pushed me out of the church. But I find strength in the local priest and a comfort in the mass.

The Catholic Church is my home. CS Lewis is my inspiration and those that attack the church or any person trying to find his way back to Christ will be dealt with by something worse that hostile postings on this board or a well turned phrase in a flame war online.

I see Newt as somewhat of a charlatan, but he's a conservative charlatan... so I'll take him. I see a story of a man finding his way back to Christ by converting to Catholicism , I'll accept his word and look at his actions. ....... Those with the snide comments about "born again vs RCC/CC" or being papist, idol worshiping or somehow demean ever single person that is Catholic... you very well may be right. But "charity" is one of the Christian tenets and I would expect charity from a fellow brother in Christ.

or maybe not.....

52 posted on 04/05/2009 5:48:43 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.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Bahbah

I many not be what some call a “good Catholic”. Sunday Mass, the Offertory and the Eucharist are what matter to me as far as the liturgy. But the fact which should concern all believers is that He is who He said He was and He paid for our sins. Last year on Good Friday a friend sent me an e-mail about being in the tomb with Jesus. I said, “It’s OK - that rock is gonna roll.” A good song came out of that. If you want go to http://www.myspace.com/emmettgrayson. It’ll come up as soon as the page opens.


53 posted on 04/05/2009 5:48:58 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: smokinleroy
No truly born-again Christian could become a Catholic.

So I guess you can't ever really know who is and isn't a "truly born-again Christian," because they could someday convert to Catholicism and demonstrate that they were never "for real" to begin with.

Sort of throws a wrench in that "assurance of salvation" stuff, doesn't it?

54 posted on 04/05/2009 5:51:08 PM PDT by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed Imposter")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: thefrankbaum

Obviously, it was not a complete statement. I was not trying to write a theologic exposition. On the other hand, the basis of Christianity is faith. If you’ve got it, then it doesn’t matter what church you are a member of. There are plenty of Catholics who have the requisite faith, just as there are plenty of Baptists who do as well.


55 posted on 04/05/2009 5:53:19 PM PDT by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: Emmett McCarthy

That was wonderful. Thank you.


56 posted on 04/05/2009 5:56:08 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 53 | View Replies]

To: Alex Murphy

I’m happy for him. Now let me know when he converts back to free market conservatism. Then I’ll really welcome him home.


57 posted on 04/05/2009 5:59:45 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: erman

Then we have a great deal in common, my friend. C.S. Lewis helped me find my way back to trust in Christ Himself and it took some more years before I found my way back to Catholicism. I ignore the political leanings of the folks at Mass because it is my sanctuary from all of that. Like you, Newt never appealed to me much either, but if he’s inclined to live the faith this way, who am I to question it?


58 posted on 04/05/2009 6:00:08 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 52 | View Replies]

To: Bahbah

I’m very glad you liked it. If Johnny Cash were still with us, it might even be a hit sometime.


59 posted on 04/05/2009 6:01:51 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 56 | View Replies]

To: Emmett McCarthy

Very possibly, but I thought you sounded pretty darn good.

It really is beautiful and touching.


60 posted on 04/05/2009 6:05:31 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 59 | View Replies]

To: smokinleroy; Unam Sanctam

This Rock has a pretty good summary of the case:

ONE key Scripture reference to being “born again” or “regenerated” is John 3:5, where Jesus states: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” This verse is so important that those who say baptism is just a symbol must deny that Jesus refers to baptism. “Born again” Christians claim that the water is the preached word of God. If we look at what the early Christians said about this verse, they uniformly referred to it as baptism and said this was the way in which we are born again and receive new life, a fact which can be shown elsewhere in Scripture (Rom. 6:3-4, Col. 2:12-13, Titus 3:5). It is impossible to find a Church Father who referred to John 3:5 as anything other than baptism; they are unanimous.

This Rock goes on to point out that all of the early Church Fathers agreed that this saying of Jesus refers to Baptism from Justin Martyr to St. Augustine and onward:

http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/1994/9410frs.asp


61 posted on 04/05/2009 6:16:41 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Bahbah

I wrote the song completely, but that recording was done by my good friend, Jack Bond. I’m going to do my own studio version soon, though, I hope.


62 posted on 04/05/2009 6:26:31 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 60 | View Replies]

To: Emmett McCarthy

I loved his voice.

Now I have mentally attached it to you :)


63 posted on 04/05/2009 6:29:01 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 62 | View Replies]

To: Bahbah

Jack does a couple of the songs I have up there - but he’s also a good conservative Catholic fellow. I think he also does “April In Tennessee”, but the rest are my own voice in what are called “writer tracks”. They’re OK as recordings but not “radio-ready”. I had quit writing for 20 years and have been a bit slow working into the performance end of things. Anyway, my real voice is in the others. Sorry, if I confused thibgs.


64 posted on 04/05/2009 6:37:05 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 63 | View Replies]

To: Emmett McCarthy

Not to worry. I bookmarked the site so I could go through the rest of the music.

I just know that this coming Sunday I will have a smile when I think how that rock is gonna roll. It’s an exhilarating line. Unforgettable, really.


65 posted on 04/05/2009 6:43:48 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 64 | View Replies]

To: Bahbah

Like any creative person, I am deeply appreciative and honored by your comments. I thank you very kindly.


66 posted on 04/05/2009 6:47:17 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 65 | View Replies]

To: Alex Murphy

Welcome to the Roman Catholic Church Newt. Isn’t it glorious?


67 posted on 04/05/2009 6:53:52 PM PDT by GinaLolaB (=^..^=)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Emmett McCarthy

You are so welcome. There’s much more to the lyrics than just the hook in that line, which you know since you wrote them. The whole story and its meaning gets so neatly packaged. Our part, His part. I just thought it was a pretty masterful piece of work.


68 posted on 04/05/2009 7:05:02 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 66 | View Replies]

To: Brilliant

That’s your own personal belief, which, incidentally, is contradicted by Scripture.


69 posted on 04/05/2009 7:10:33 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: Alex Murphy

bookmark


70 posted on 04/05/2009 7:19:54 PM PDT by GOP Poet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: A.A. Cunningham

I don’t think it’s contradicted by scripture. The Bible is very clear that faith is the key to salvation. I don’t remember anywhere in the Bible where it says that you’ve got to be a member of the right church in order to get into heaven.


71 posted on 04/05/2009 7:43:56 PM PDT by Brilliant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 69 | View Replies]

To: smokinleroy
No truly born-again Christian could become a Catholic. That's right, because he holds to a false idea of justification. (I'll letr you choose who "he." is.
72 posted on 04/05/2009 8:12:58 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Dutchboy88

As a traditionalist Catholic I find it impossible NG be married three times and be allowed full Communion.
This is the same hierarchy (well- the present or immediate past) that has allowed the annulment scandal.


73 posted on 04/05/2009 8:32:59 PM PDT by BonRad (As Rome goes so goes the world)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Dutchboy88

stupid answer...all religions have their share of dissidents, and by the way, Hitlery is yours, she certainly isn’t a Catholic (thanks God)


74 posted on 04/05/2009 8:49:19 PM PDT by terycarl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Brilliant

nonsense...Christ established His church for a reason....the church of “what’s happening now” simply does not cut it


75 posted on 04/05/2009 8:56:36 PM PDT by terycarl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: lbama
The Pope will help him by praying for him, as he does for all of us, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. Jesus is the one who will help Newt, along with the saints who will pray for him.

This conversion rings true, because I also was drawn to the Church seeing the Holy Spirit and the love of Christ shining from Pope Benedict's face on that balcony in Rome the day he was elected. I signed up for RCIA classes the next day.

76 posted on 04/05/2009 9:03:33 PM PDT by Miss Marple
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]

To: Campion
Every true Catholic is born again at his baptism,

When I said "so-called born again" I meant the self described hodge-podge of "faiths" that seize on isolated snips of scripture out of context and use them in their warehouse services to attack the Original and Universal Church.

77 posted on 04/05/2009 9:04:53 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: Marysecretary
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?

Note that I said so-called born again, and I was referring to a very distinct segment of Protestants that the PREVIOUS poster was claiming membership in.

78 posted on 04/05/2009 9:07:47 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Miss Marple

Looking at this whole situation from merely a historical point of view is another thing. Gingrich is a noted historian.

I can see him after those first moments of being touched by the Holy Spirit, getting out books and starting to read and read and read until he got back to the Early Church Fathers and then to the apostles. He is a definite researcher, and I believe this is a REAL conversion, too.

There is just something in the humility with which Gingrich speaks of it — almost a reverence. Did you pick that up, too?


79 posted on 04/05/2009 9:10:11 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 76 | View Replies]

To: BonRad

Annulments are only required for a valid marriage which is still in existence.

Newt’s first wife is dead, so that marriage no longer is a problem.

His second marriage was done while the first wife was alive. It was not a valid marriage.

Only his third marriage is valid. No annulment is necessary, but I am certain he has had to confess his sins and has been instructed on the marriage sacrament and his reponsibilities to remain faithful.

I am not a canon law expert, but I have heard enough explanations on various programs that I am pretty certain I am correct.


80 posted on 04/05/2009 9:10:26 PM PDT by Miss Marple
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 73 | View Replies]

To: BonRad

let’s see...newt sinned ( not really because his divorces and remarriages were not forbidden in the Baptist denomination....all he had to do to come home to Catholocism was to have the church determine that his previous marriages were not valid....in fact he needn’t even need to do that much....if one of his marriages were determined to be valid, he would merely not be able to remarry. The sacrament of reconciliation , faithfully entered into, enables Christ to forgive you of even the most heinous sins....that’s who Jesus is.....He told you that....please listen.......whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven, whose sins you retain, they are retained....I thought you were a bible believer......almost all of the bible doesn’t count.....you knew that!!!


81 posted on 04/05/2009 9:10:41 PM PDT by terycarl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 73 | View Replies]

To: SonOfPyrodex
That is probably the saddest thing I have ever read.

It is sad to think that devout followers of the original and True Christian Church, the Catholic Church - who are unshakable in their Faith can't be coaxed into leaving their Faith with a few select out of context uses of scripture to bash the Faith they hold dear? You think that's sad? I think it is wonderful that there are many people who understand and live their Faith so strongly that they can't be conned out of it. Nothing sad about that.

82 posted on 04/05/2009 9:11:49 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Salvation
Yes, I did. I also note he hasn't gone around bragging about it, and he is not known for his reticence.

Newt has a lot of failings, one of which is effort to be liked by both sides and to tailor his remarks accordingly. My prayer is that frequent confession will grant him a bit more courage in such situations and make him less enamored of publicity.

83 posted on 04/05/2009 9:14:25 PM PDT by Miss Marple
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 79 | View Replies]

To: smokinleroy
In a related story, Researchers found that 18 percent of Catholics consider themselves born-again or evangelical

And I am one of them. But if you follow the entire discussion, you will see I was referring to the so-called born agains who attack the Catholic Church. My point was that no good Catholic who understands his Faith will fall for their mis-characterizations of what the Church teaches. Of all the "former Catholics" I have met who left to join one of those corner-store churches, not a single one of them had an understanding of what the Church truly teaches.

84 posted on 04/05/2009 9:15:39 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Reagan is back, and this time he's a woman.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Miss Marple

Good prayer!


85 posted on 04/05/2009 9:16:04 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 83 | View Replies]

To: narses; Alex Murphy

bumpus ad summum


86 posted on 04/05/2009 9:16:18 PM PDT by Dajjal (Obama is an Ericksonian NLP hypnotist.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: All
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

87 posted on 04/05/2009 9:21:20 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 86 | View Replies]

To: Alex Murphy
I hope this means he won't be doing anymore global warming commercials with the anti-life speaker of the house, pelosi. Big mistake, Newt.
88 posted on 04/05/2009 9:32:59 PM PDT by lara
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Miss Marple

Thank you- withdrawn- you sound correct here.
I’m pretty lame on validity of marriages as such are rife everywhere and I can’t admit it, can I, for almost all co-workers and guests to my parent’s house would be sleeping together illegally- so I choose to stay blind!


89 posted on 04/05/2009 9:48:16 PM PDT by BonRad (As Rome goes so goes the world)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 80 | View Replies]

To: smokinleroy; FatherofFive
Must have been a Baptist like Bubba. No truly born-again Only a truely born from above Christian could become a Catholic.

There fixed it. You see that is what the Jesus actually said was "Born from above." Only someone smart enough to actually read the NT in Greek would know that, not someone that sat in the pews taking a fundie pastors word for it.

90 posted on 04/06/2009 2:26:11 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Salvation; All
Of course, I welcome Mr. Newt. I trust that his conversion is sincere. However, he is still a politician, and I am troubled by this statement of his:

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.

Newt, Newt, Newt. Where were you when RR said, "There is nothing wrong with this country that cannot be cured by what is right with this country."

91 posted on 04/06/2009 3:04:14 AM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: BonRad

“As a traditionalist Catholic I find it impossible NG be married three times and be allowed full Communion.”

This subject has been hashed over and over on FR! Newt’s first wife is now deceased, so that marriage has no bearing on the matter of his marital status. It’s my understanding that Marianne, Newt’s second wife, was divorced when they married, and that puts into doubt the validity of his second marriage in the eyes of the church.

None of us really knows the entire story of Newt’s marriages as to whether they are obstacles for his receiving the sacraments of the Catholic Church. So, I think we should lay this subject to rest.


92 posted on 04/06/2009 4:01:19 AM PDT by Gumdrop
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 73 | View Replies]

To: terycarl

This is yet another place we differ from the institutional religion of Rome. You folks require the membership into the group, then go through all kinds of gyrations with these ridiculous pronouncements to hold the club together. The believers in Christ alone have no “religion” and are made members by Him alone. If He doesn’t make a member, then they cannot be part of Him. We have no rosters, we have no rolls, we have no gyrations. We let Christ sort out the sheep from the goats. And we have no co-redemptrix.


93 posted on 04/06/2009 6:42:28 AM PDT by Dutchboy88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 74 | View Replies]

To: ex-snook
Guess he would rather be Catholic than be President since the GOP has never nominated a Catholic for President.

Yes. I recall two years ago seeing the canard about how unlikely it would be for anyone to go from the Senate to the white house, then the top three candidates were all senators...

The GOP is nothing more than the democratic party of 40 years ago. Times have changed. BTW, I do not care for Newt and probably would not vote for him.

94 posted on 04/06/2009 6:52:46 AM PDT by TradicalRC (Conservatism is primarily a Christian movement.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Campion

No one can be born again as an infant. They may be consecrated to God but to ber born again demands a human choice. Will you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour or not?


95 posted on 04/06/2009 7:14:07 AM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: Ann Archy

No, Ann, it really isn’t. Being born again demands a choice, do I want the Lord Jesus Christ in my life or don’t I? Baptism may seal it but it’s not salvational.


96 posted on 04/06/2009 7:15:07 AM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 51 | View Replies]

To: Cicero

We are all born of water. The mother’s placenta is water. First we are born naturally and then, hopefully, we are born of the Spirit when we receive Christ into our lives. IMHO, of course. Baptism is not a born again experience. We must first be saved and THEN baptized. It is necessary but not until we’ve been born of the Spirit.


97 posted on 04/06/2009 7:19:40 AM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 61 | View Replies]

To: Brilliant

Amen, Brilliant. Faith and then works that God has planned for you to do since the foundations of the world were laid. It’s never the other way around.


98 posted on 04/06/2009 7:21:16 AM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 71 | View Replies]

To: terycarl

The Church that Christ established is His body, the Body of Christ, which means all of us who have believed on Him for our salvation. It’s not a denominational thing, it’s a people in Christ thing.


99 posted on 04/06/2009 7:22:36 AM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 75 | View Replies]

To: ElkGroveDan

How do you know if someone is truly born again or is a ‘so-called’ born again? Only God knows the heart, Dan.


100 posted on 04/06/2009 7:24:29 AM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 78 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 251-252 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson