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Newt Gingrich: Why I Became Catholic
http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 26, 2011 | Newt Gingrich

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. Peter’s 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. Peter’s 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 Weigel’s 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 Benedict’s reflection in his book Jesus of Nazareth that, “God is the issue: Is he real, reality itself, or isn’t he? Is he good, or do we have to invent the good ourselves?”

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TOPICS: Apologetics; History; Religion & Politics; Theology
KEYWORDS: callista; callistagingrich; catholic; catholicping; gingrich; ginrich; newt; newtgingrich
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"After a decade-long — perhaps lifelong — faith journey, I was finally home" ~ Newt Gingrich
1 posted on 01/25/2014 9:39:25 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet
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2 posted on 01/25/2014 9:47:34 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NKP_Vet
my first visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, and I recall marveling at being in the presence of the historic truth of the Church that day

Boy and howdy. It's an overwhelming thing.
3 posted on 01/25/2014 9:48:41 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: NKP_Vet

Snicker


4 posted on 01/25/2014 10:14:21 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: NKP_Vet

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.


5 posted on 01/25/2014 11:07:31 PM PST by Bizhvywt
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To: Bizhvywt

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.


6 posted on 01/25/2014 11:12:50 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Bizhvywt
Having been raised Catholic and now being a born again Christian,

Same here and we know now it is ALL about JESUS because we have the TRUTH.

7 posted on 01/25/2014 11:15:39 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: NKP_Vet

How can one become Catholic when he is an adulterer?


8 posted on 01/25/2014 11:32:26 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: NKP_Vet

Just threw up in my mouth a little.


9 posted on 01/25/2014 11:34:35 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: fwdude

Just get the prior marriages annulled.


10 posted on 01/25/2014 11:35:23 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: NKP_Vet

bookmark


11 posted on 01/25/2014 11:36:48 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: kaehurowing

Oh, I forgot about Catholic divorce.


12 posted on 01/25/2014 11:55:03 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: NKP_Vet
How can he be Catholic when he is a Tofflerite?

Don't they believe Christianity is bad and abortion is a sacrament?

13 posted on 01/26/2014 12:22:08 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: NKP_Vet

No thought of all to the prior wives he had cheated on? No repentance, no shame?

What a pig this guy this is...

Ed


14 posted on 01/26/2014 2:11:20 AM PST by Sir_Ed
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To: Sir_Ed
No thought of all to the prior wives he had cheated on? No repentance, no shame?

Are you referring to Jim Bakker, and Jimmy Swaggert? John 8:7, Matthew 7:1-2

15 posted on 01/26/2014 4:07:40 AM PST by verga (Poor spiritual health often leads to poor physical and mental health)
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To: NKP_Vet

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.


16 posted on 01/26/2014 5:57:29 AM PST by CWW (Pray for God's Protection!)
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To: Sir_Ed

“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?


17 posted on 01/26/2014 6:04:29 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: Bizhvywt; GeronL

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:

http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2013/03/29/easter-newt-gingrich-islam/

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2011/March/Newt-Gingrich-Talks-God-Forgiveness-/

Gee, maybe the problem is your bigotry and not Newt’s comments?


18 posted on 01/26/2014 6:11:55 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: CWW

“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.


19 posted on 01/26/2014 6:13:24 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: NKP_Vet

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.


20 posted on 01/26/2014 6:36:31 AM PST by gusty
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To: CWW

“Why is it that every time a catholic posts a conversion story, so many folks are ugly and critical?”

Now, now. This is NOT a plain “Man converts to Catholicism” story - personally I’m happy for people whenever they find a spiritual home, wherever it is.

Newt is a politician, first and foremost. It is at least appropriate to have a bit of cynicism. If he were to have converted and faded into the political obscurity that is his destiny anyway, it would be more believable.

Newt is using the Catholic church to try to resurrect a dead political future. His conversion is a shield he uses (and he did use it in the past presidential cycle) to defend himself against criticism of his prior marriages - a valid point of discussion for any politician with Presidential aspirations.

Newts political motives are there for all to see. The Catholic bureaucracy fell for it - and gave him what he needed politically. It doesn’t really matter why - Someone like Newt isn’t the story Catholics should be eager to roll out about why someone should become Catholic.

Surely there are better examples than his?

“If this man finds that the Catholic Church leads him closer to Christ, then what’s that to you?”

The Catholic Church led him closer to being a viable Presidential Candidate in 2012. This is another attempt to use the Catholic Church to insulate himself from deserved criticism of his personal choices while setting up a potential run in 2016.

There is nothing divine here. Yes, I am willing to go there, when it comes to politicians seeking the limelight.


21 posted on 01/26/2014 6:40:10 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: CWW

What this post has done is bring the real liberals out of the closet.......and Catholic haters, to spout off about Newt’s conversion. A real conservative does not trash another conservative for something as personal as his faith. That is only the purview of liberals. And every “conservative” on on FR that keeps slamming a 2,000 year old religion, the very religion that was responsible for Western civilization, needs to be ashamed of themselves.


22 posted on 01/26/2014 7:37:11 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: fwdude

Is he currently an adulterer?

Was he one at the time he entered the Church?

I presume he’s gone to confession regarding past sins. He may even go regarding current sins, although you can’t really expect God to forgive you if you don’t have a firm intent not to do that sin any more.

The Church is a hospital for sinners. We’re the ones who need saving and healing, after all.

I know good Catholics who have had abortions. They repented, and their sin was forgiven and they now defend life.

Getting past wrongdoing and moving toward holiness with God’s grace is what it’s all about.

I’m glad Newt is in a place where he is obliged to examine his conscience.


23 posted on 01/26/2014 8:55:18 AM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Bizhvywt
You are always a Catholic if you are a Baptized Catholic. That mark (indelible) never recedes from your soul.

Find a priest and sit down and get your questions answered. And remember that the entire Mass is center of the Word of God and Jesus!

24 posted on 01/26/2014 9:18:21 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: CWW
Why is it that every time a catholic posts a conversion story, so many folks are ugly and critical?

"Whited sepulchres" comes to mind - Matthew 23:27.

25 posted on 01/26/2014 9:18:40 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Bizhvywt
Coming Home Network
26 posted on 01/26/2014 9:19:18 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway

Read the story of how he was so touched by the history of the Catholic Church. He is, after all, a great historian.


27 posted on 01/26/2014 9:20:27 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: vladimir998

**They are ugly people.**

Yet they claim to be Christian......pray for them.


28 posted on 01/26/2014 9:23:34 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: RFEngineer

It’s been my impression that he is not interested in politics now.

History, yes, but not politics.


29 posted on 01/26/2014 9:24:59 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: vladimir998; Sir_Ed
"Oh, so you were privy to his thoughts, prayers, confessions for all those years?"

And this is the exact reason I am converting to Judaism. Too many Christians believe that they never have to say they are sorry to the humans they have wronged...and can keep their regrets a secret between them and G-d. It makes for a completely heartless and cold community full of forgotten victims.

30 posted on 01/26/2014 9:29:12 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: married21
Is he currently an adulterer?

Is he currently married to someone not the wife of a prior marriage, the first which is still living?

Was he one at the time he entered the Church?

Well, his current wife is admittedly a "life-long Catholic" and so there is some culpability there. Is SHE is good standing? Didn't she violate church teaching? Didn't Newt cause her to commit adultery?

The Church is a hospital for sinners. We’re the ones who need saving and healing, after all.

Ah, the all-popular, no-fault insurance policy cop-out license for sinning. I can expect someone to pull this out whenever this discussion is had.

I guess the several Pauline lists of sins that will bar the committor from entering the Kingdom has been now been rendered null and void, then?

31 posted on 01/26/2014 9:45:39 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: verga

I don’t see anyone here defending Bakker or Swaggert, so your point is lost on thinking people.


32 posted on 01/26/2014 9:49:52 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: CWW
All I see here is anger, not the love of Jesus.

Then maybe you don't know Jesus. He displayed a LOT of anger. And he sinned not.

33 posted on 01/26/2014 9:51:57 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude
Do keep things in perspective..G-d is not standing over ones head with a club ready to eliminate each sinner as they pop up, but old Roman henchmen are

...oh and don't forget the Taliban who still use stoning...forget the club...they are such a joy for eternity as well.

G-d gives us rules to live by because he doesn't want us to get hurt and because he loves us...not for some fascist to use against his fellow man as a bludgeoning device.

34 posted on 01/26/2014 9:53:55 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: Earthdweller

First, who is this “G-d” you keep mentioning?


35 posted on 01/26/2014 9:56:02 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

The one that deserves respect...not the one that you use as a control device.


36 posted on 01/26/2014 10:06:26 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: Salvation
You are always a Catholic if you are a Baptized Catholic.

So, it's like the Mob? You can never leave "The Family?" That's kind of scary.

37 posted on 01/26/2014 10:46:30 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Earthdweller

“And this is the exact reason I am converting to Judaism.”

The failings of Christians is never a reason to leave Christ. The failings of Christians is always the reason to become more like Christ.

“Too many Christians believe that they never have to say they are sorry to the humans they have wronged...and can keep their regrets a secret between them and G-d.”

But is that a teaching of Christianity or a failure of Christians? Are Jews known for saying they’re sorry to the people they have wronged more than Christians are? I don’t think so - even though Yom Kippur exists.

“It makes for a completely heartless and cold community full of forgotten victims.”

Sounds like some Jewish families I know - and I am not being flippant.

I pray that you find what you hope for, that God gives you what you need, and that you have the wisdom to know the difference between the two should there be one.


38 posted on 01/26/2014 10:49:04 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: fwdude

I am praying for you.


39 posted on 01/26/2014 11:24:23 AM PST by verga (Poor spiritual health often leads to poor physical and mental health)
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To: verga

Appreciated, if you are praying to God, not to Mary or the assorted “saints.”


40 posted on 01/26/2014 11:36:43 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Earthdweller

Nicely said. Judaism is a wonderful religion of a Chosen People and a shining example for us Gentiles of the true wisdom and love of G-d.


41 posted on 01/26/2014 11:56:01 AM PST by martiangohome
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To: Salvation

“It’s been my impression that he is not interested in politics now.”

I’ll bet you $100 to FR that he is still interested in politics now and will at least look into running in 2016.


42 posted on 01/26/2014 12:19:21 PM PST by RFEngineer
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To: fwdude

I am pulling out all the stops.


43 posted on 01/26/2014 12:32:59 PM PST by verga (Poor spiritual health often leads to poor physical and mental health)
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To: fwdude

Newt’s first wife died before he became Catholic. In fact, I think she may have died before he married Callista. So, that marriage had no effect upon the Catholic perspective of marriage.

Re: Newt’s second marriage to Marianne, it occurred while Newt’s first wife was still living, and the Catholic Church does recognize marriage between 2 Protestants as a valid Christian marriage. So, Newt’s first marriage was an impediment to his second marriage in the eyes of the church.

I think I am correct on this, but perhaps someone else knows more about the sequence of the marriages. Based on the above, if I am correct, Newt was free to marry Callista because his first wife died, and the second marriage was invalid in the church’s eyes.


44 posted on 01/26/2014 12:35:22 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: Earthdweller
Have you done much reading as to spiritual crime and earthly punishment in the Old Testament? Bludgeoning is rather mild by comparison. And didn't the tale of Sodom and Gomorrah and its aftermath suggest a wee bit of divine judgmentalism and punishment?

Just to keep things in perspective....

45 posted on 01/26/2014 2:16:44 PM PST by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society: Rack 'em, Danno)
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To: CWW

Because he is a total hypocrite and phony and was committing adultery with his “good Catholic” wife before they got married.


46 posted on 01/26/2014 3:40:31 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: kaehurowing
Just get the prior marriages annulled.

Did he?

47 posted on 01/26/2014 3:43:42 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: married21
Was he one at the time he entered the Church?

Divorced and remarried? In the eyes of the Church, yes he is.

48 posted on 01/26/2014 3:46:11 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

Apparently yes.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2011/12/newt-wasnt-married-after-all/


49 posted on 01/26/2014 3:58:54 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: Earthdweller
And this is the exact reason I am converting to Judaism. Too many Christians believe that they never have to say they are sorry to the humans they have wronged...and can keep their regrets a secret between them and G-d. It makes for a completely heartless and cold community full of forgotten victims.

Are you undergoing an Orthodox conversion ?

50 posted on 01/26/2014 5:03:38 PM PST by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began,)
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