Skip to comments.Gingrich to Convert to Catholicism
Posted on 03/09/2009 11:02:24 AM PDT by pissant
Buried in an large New York Times Magazine profile of Newt Gingrich is a little nugget of information: A Baptist since graduate school, Gingrich said he will soon convert to Catholicism, his wifes faith.
At a moment when the role of religious fundamentalism in the party is a central question for reformers, Gingrich, rather than making any kind of case for a new enlightenment, has in fact gone to great lengths to placate Christian conservatives. The family-values crowd has never completely embraced Newt, probably because he has been married three times, most recently to a former Hill staff member, Callista Bisek. In 2006, though, Gingrich wrote a book called Rediscovering God in America part of a new canon of work he has done reaffirming the role of religion in public life. The following year, he went on radio with the evangelical minister James Dobson to apologize for having been unfaithful to his second wife.
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I pray they have all come to the fullness of faith in Jesus Christ, not only in ‘the church.’
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Also Judge Bork and Robert Novak. Welcome Newt. The more the merrier.
Think twice, Newt. This Church isn't as open to divorce as your other one was.
That only applies if he was married in the Catholic Church.
I’m sure this will inflame the left even more against him.
Didn’t W and Tony Blair also convert?
And Larry Kudlow. The more the merrier indeed!
Perhaps he can focus on being a genuine conservative as opposed to a populist.
W was raised Episcopalian (US Church of England) and became Methodist after marrying Laura.
Common thread is leaving Anglicanism.
The Church’s presumption is in favour of the validity of ALL Christian marriages, not just those contracted within the Church.
Now, I have no idea if any Gingrich’s marriages were indeed Christian, but he’s probably going to have do some work to straighten out his current situation in any event.
Blair did, but not W, to the best of my knowledge. We’d certainly welcome W.
There have been rumors about Blair, but I haven’t seen any official word. The rumors surfaced when he was PM and many said he wouldn’t do it while PM since it would amount to abandoning the official state religion. I believe he attends RC mass with wife and kids.
Regarding W, the answer is ‘no’. Perhaps you’re thinking of Jeb Bush who did convert.
Can we get Cardinal Mahoney to convert to Episcopalian?
Ah yes. Two fine gentlemen.
Tony Blair did become a Catholic. President Bush has not, but it would not surprise me, if he and Laura did convert.
We used to pray for the “conversion of Russia”. I now pray for the conversion of Obama from sacrifices to Moloch.
Not necessarily... A valid marrigage can happen in ANY church.
but if he sacrafices himself to Moloch, that would be a good thing.
That’s fitting. Especially after today.
He’s too old. Moloch demands children.
Laura is pro-abortion; she will enter the Church the same day as Gloria Steinem.
And W will not join a Church that Laura couldn’t endorse as well.
So, not expecting W to swim the Tiber any time soon.
You mean "make it official?"
If Newt is twice divorced how can he get married Catholic?
Did he get married in the Church? Somehow I doubt it.
Because his first marriage was of questionable validity, it may be annulled.
The fact that his second and third marriages occurred while his first marriages were putatively valid takes them out of consideration right off the bat—they’re both nullities in the eyes of the Church.
I understand “an old man in a white dress” wants a raise.
You do understand that Catholics are perfectly satisfied with their interpretation of Bible doctrine—having published the Books in question for a few millennia and all?
With Open Arms - Catholics, Divorce & Remarriage
Hosie, S.M., John
The truth is, the terminology trips up those who do not understand the concepts.
A Catholic with a valid “civil” marriage can later receive another valid “civil” marriage, and have that new marriage respected by the Church.
In the eyes of Church, even if BOTH Weddings were held in a Catholic Church, or otherwise witnessed by a Catholic Priest, It is possible to have the second Marriage WITHIN the Church, even if both of the original partners are still alive.
-— It requires only the sincere belief by the person seeking marriage in the Church that the original marriage was not “sacramental” -— this does not even require the official “annulment” of the original Catholic marriage.
I am sure this post will create a firestorm, among Catholics and non-Catholics, alike.
But it is the truth.
It is not “remarriage” because the “conscience” loophole or the formal annulment process would both require that the first “Marriage” was invalid in the eyes of the Catholic involved, and therefore invalid in the eyes of the Church.
.....another “thankfully Converted Catholic!” How wonderful. :0)
I don’t think the conversion will help him politically: evangelical Protestants, who form an important part of the Republican base, will now not support him. While most Protestants would not have an issue with voting for a lifelong Catholic (though some still have trouble with it), a convert is a different matter. My guess is that it will put him in the same unelectable category as the Morman Romney.
Rush had some unflatterng cvomments about Noot today - the RINOs are being exposed and, hopefully, expunged.
Hopefully he is joining the Benedict XVI/Knights of Columbus wing
None of the apostates you have listed converted, they were all cultural Catholics who decided that Vatican II meant “do what you like” and were never fully brought to account by their bishops.
But no responsible catechist would accept them as candidates for the Sacraments with their current understanding of the issues.
In what way?
Sounds like he is becoming Catholic because his wife is.
Not to criticize Newt’s motives but this but this is often a different type of conversion than someone who become Catholic because they believe it is the True Faith based on careful analysis of Theology and the Scriptures.
But I wish him the best.
Remember the mnemonic?
"Divorced (Catherine of Aragon),
beheaded (Anne Boleyn),
died (Jane Seymour);
divorced (Anne of Cleves),
beheaded (Catherine Howard),
survived (Katharine Parr)."
That solves everything.
The Church doesn't recognize marriages that did not take place in the church, so they essentially never happened.
Upon inspection, all of his marriages seem to be invalid:
Newt was not baptised until 1970 or 1971; his first marriage in 1962 was therefore not a Christian marriage at all.
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