Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich: Why I Became Catholic
Posted on 01/25/2014 9:39:25 PM PST by NKP_Vet
I am often asked when I chose to become Catholic. However, it is more truthful to say that over the course of several years I gradually became Catholic and then decided one day to accept the faith I had already come to embrace.
My wife, Callista, is a lifelong Catholic and has been a member of the choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for 15 years. Although I was Southern Baptist, I had attended Mass with Callista every Sunday at the basilica to watch her sing with the choir.
I accompanied Callista to Rome in 2005, when the choir was invited to sing at St. Peters Basilica. While there, I had the opportunity to talk at length with Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the basilica in D.C., about faith, history and many of the cultural challenges, including secularism, facing our country. Our conversations were enlightening and intriguing.
During that trip, I experienced my first visit to St. Peters Basilica, and I recall marveling at being in the presence of the historic truth of the Church that day.
At the same time, I was being influenced by several books I was reading, including George Weigels The Cube and the Cathedral, about the crisis of secularism in Europe, and his book The Final Revolution, about the role of Christianity in freeing Eastern Europe from an atheistic dictatorship.
I was also moved by Pope Benedicts reflection in his book Jesus of Nazareth that, God is the issue: Is he real, reality itself, or isnt he? Is he good, or do we have to invent the good ourselves?
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Having been raised Catholic and now being a born again Christian, I can’t help but notice that Newt talked a lot about the Catholic church but did not mention Jesus.
You will find that a lot in a lot of churches, listening to them you think salvation comes from a church or a building instead of from Jesus.
Same here and we know now it is ALL about JESUS because we have the TRUTH.
How can one become Catholic when he is an adulterer?
Just threw up in my mouth a little.
Just get the prior marriages annulled.
Oh, I forgot about Catholic divorce.
Don't they believe Christianity is bad and abortion is a sacrament?
No thought of all to the prior wives he had cheated on? No repentance, no shame?
What a pig this guy this is...
Are you referring to Jim Bakker, and Jimmy Swaggert? John 8:7, Matthew 7:1-2
Why is it that every time a catholic posts a conversion story, so many folks are ugly and critical? Is that what Christ taught? If this man finds that the Catholic Church leads him closer to Christ, then what’s that to you? All I see here is anger, not the love of Jesus.
“No thought of all to the prior wives he had cheated on? No repentance, no shame?”
Oh, so you were privy to his thoughts, prayers, confessions for all those years?
Newt Gingrich is a historian. It doesn’t surprise me that a man who was already a Christian (already a believer in Jesus, even if a weak one) would focus on those things which specifically made him choose the Catholic Church when he already believed in Jesus.
You can easily find elsewhere where Newt talks about Jesus:
Gee, maybe the problem is your bigotry and not Newt’s comments?
“Why is it that every time a catholic posts a conversion story, so many folks are ugly and critical?”
Because that’s what these people are CWW. They are ugly people.
Come on Newt, tell the truth. Callista has you on a leash. Everybody can see it. You make a fool of yourself every time you speak of her. Callista wants a shopping trip you cannot afford, you say go ahead. Callista apparently writes a children’s book, you make a fool of yourself everywhere, extolling it as the greatest book ever written. Whatever Callista wants, Callista gets. Hey Newt, I could have written this article for you in one sentence. Here it is. My wife has a firm grip on my manhood, thus I converted. But you are not the only one, that Limbaugh fellow also makes a fool of himself when it comes to his wives also.