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Gingrich to Convert to Catholicism

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on March 4, 2009

Gingrich to Convert to Catholicism
Sarah Pulliam

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 wife’s faith.

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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.

The Rev. G. Avery Lee, a longtime pastor of St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans who died earlier this year, wrote to The Times-Picayune about Gingrich’s faith.

“He was not a member of any church,” Pastor Lee wrote in a 1994 letter to The Times-Picayune. “He said that in his study of political theory he noted how much influence the church had had on political theory and asked if I could explain.”

After their initial conversation, “We talked often. Newt began coming to church. To make it short, I baptized him (by immersion) into the membership of the St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church.

“He found there a liberal approach to both theology and sociology. . . . Whether our teachings had any effect or not, he was at least exposed to the basic Baptist principle of freedom: personal freedom before God, an open mind before an open Bible, the separation of church and state, and compassion toward other people as sinners saved by the grace of God.

“He also may have learned that we Baptists fuss and fight a lot with each other. It has been suggested by some that in baptizing him, I didn’t hold him under long enough.”

Photo of Newt Gingrich in 2007 at Family Research Center Action’s Values Voters conference in Washington, DC from Wikimedia Commons.

3 Responses to “Gingrich to Convert to Catholicism”

  1. I have known of Newt Gingrich for a long time, and this news about him is very interesting!

    Johnson C. Philip, PhD (Physics)
    India

  2. Tama lang na lilipat si Mr. Gingrich
    sa catholic dahit naintindihan niya
    lahat ang tungkol sa simbahan,

    Dito sa Angola matagal pa siguro babalik sa PANON ANG MGA KARNERO nga may USA RA KA Pastor, tungod kay
    walay Portugues translation ng CFD dito.
    hindi lang dito sa Angola,pati na sa Portugal , Brasil ug uban pang
    Portugues speaking countries like
    east Timor, Sao Tome and prencipe
    , Cabo Verde, Mozambique, and Guine-Bissau.

    Magandang araw po sa inyong lahat na mga CFD at sa lahat na nagsusupport.

    medyo may magandang balita , nakacontact na ako ng isang paring pilipino dito sa Angola, …actually,
    3 pala silang pinoy na pari dito,

    I sent an email to padre Joseph here in
    Angola , to form a group as a CFD Angola.

    please, see below-email ,at sana tutulongan ng CFD Phil. sina Padre
    Joseph at ang dalawa niyang kasamang
    pari na mai-pondar ang CFD dito sa
    Angola.

    My Best Regards
    Emmanuel

    Magandang umaga po Father Joseph,

    Bago sa lahat gusto kong ipakilala ang aking sarili,

    Ako po si Emmanuel Albos Tanduyan , 55 –years old , taga Davao city , mag 20 years po ako dito sa Angola sa

    April 2009 , may-pamilya na , na Angolana , at may 4 na anak hindi pa po kasal

    ,

    Pero sa pilipinas may mga anak na 3 at salamat sa dios graduate na sila lahat, hindi po ako kasal sa Simbahan sa huwes lang,

    At matagal na akong hindi naka – uwi o visita sa pilipinas , mga mag-16 years na, pero hanggang ngayon

    Lagi pa rin akong nagpapadala ng remittance buwan-buwan .

    Dito po ako nagtrabaho sa Sonils Lda. ( Sonangol Integrated Logistic Services ) , since ,1997 sa electrical department.

    Father Joseph , mayroon Lang po akong isa-suggest na dapat Lang na magtayo ang simbahang catolico ng isang grupo

    Ng CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDER , itong idea na ito ay matagal ko nang pina-plano noon pang 1990’s, kasi nakikita ko

    Na very active ang mga Protestante dito , like Igreja Universal reino de Deus, Jehovah Witnesses, and many others.

    I sent an e-mail to CFD phil, and approched father apolonio ( Sao Remidios mutamba ) last month and I don’t know

    If, they are willing , .. .. I am sure that this site is the one can helping us to assist to form the CFD Angola,

    At dapat din na i-suggest mo sa Luanda Archiodeses ang bagay na ito para maging OFFICIAL.

    Here is the web site, http://www.catholicfaithdefender.wordpress.com

    Sa mga Portuguese speaking countries , like Brasil ,Portugal, Angola, and others , the protestant ay masyadong malakas o active sila dahil walang nag-re-resist sa kanila at ang mga tao ay madaling mainganyo sa mga magandang salita nila, ,, .. most of their preachers are brasilians ,

    I think ,CFD in PORTUGUES language should be founded here . and CFD site must be international what I meant,

    That the site , are MULTI-LANGUAGE, as of now , as I found only , in U.S.A. and Philippines has a CFD , is just

    Because we Filipinos can speak English. Let the site be multi-Language.

    Ang inyong Kapatid

    Manny Tanduyan

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