Newt Gingrich to become Catholic

November 19, 2008 by Taylor Marshall  
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Newt Gingrich is preparing to enter the Catholic Church at Easter of 2009.

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35 Responses to “Newt Gingrich to become Catholic”

  1. Credo » Blog Archive » Guess who’s becoming Catholic? on November 19th, 2008 8:26 pm

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  2. Michael Gonyea on November 19th, 2008 8:41 pm

    It was rumored, after his most recent meeting with Pope Benedict at the Vatican, that Bush 43 was ready to do the same. The Newtster’s sincerity is in question. Perhaps he’s trolling for a book idea.

  3. Eric James Wilson on November 20th, 2008 9:53 am

    This is a real problem. While I, as a convert, appreciate individuals’ desire for communion with the Catholic Church, for ages, the Church has upheld standards for converts.

    Mr. Gingrich has been married three times and divorced twice. In fact, he has, himself, admitted that his third wife was his mistress during his second marriage.

  4. matt on November 20th, 2008 5:06 pm

    We are a Church of sinners.

  5. Russ on November 23rd, 2008 4:42 am

    “Uphold standards for converts”? That’s a remarkably forthright denial of grace.

  6. Scotty on November 25th, 2008 3:04 pm

    Actually, Gingrich has only been married sacramentally once, to his current wife. Therefore, he is not living in any lifestyle sin that would be grounds for prevention of reception into the Church. Assuming Reconciliation for past sins (and there seem to be many), there is nothing barring him from full communion. Remember, St. Paul murdered Christians before becoming one our most revered saints. As for the news itself, where’s the source? I’ve also heard that President Bush is considering conversion as well (which also seems to be unsourced).

  7. jl50ish on December 3rd, 2008 9:56 pm

    I have been expecting Newt (and President Bush) to join the Church for some time. If you’ve listened to Newt for the past 10 years, he has been very verbally supportive of the Church – even before he married Calista. Once he married Calista, I knew it was only a matter of time.

    I think President Bush will join the Church after he leaves office. Like Tony Blair, he will wait and then convert. I am certain that Bush’s brother Jeb ( a convert) has been a huge influence on him – not to mention Blair’s and the past two popes’ influence.

    For those who are “appalled” that the Church would admit a “serious” sinner into the Church, don’t forget that St. Paul killed Christians before he became the Church’s most famous converts.

  8. jl50ish on December 3rd, 2008 9:57 pm

    Yes… we are a church of sinners, not a museum of saints.

  9. billybob on December 20th, 2008 8:26 pm

    Well, I guess that lessens the chance that the Clintons would become Catholic, doesn’t it?

    Concerning the conversion of George Bush to Catholicism: Don’t hold your breath. He needs to raise money for his library when he leaves office, and his conversion would be poorly received by Evangelicals.

  10. Mary Ellen on December 28th, 2008 2:44 pm

    I’m always glad to see converts. I’m sure his priest has jumped thru appropriate hoops to deal with his marriage issues. I wonder how much Tony Blair’s conversion will count in the conversion of the Bush team, possibly the Bush families, and certainly other republicans who’ve had lots of time and moral discussions with him. I’m sure he’s praying for all of them, as most Catholics should be praying for those they know and the leaders of our country. If Newt’s one of us, I’ll rejoice as i do with all converts, and hope he lives a full and happy, very-Catholic life!

  11. capitolknight on February 1st, 2009 10:36 am

    Newt Gingrich will indeed enter the Catholic Church this Easter (2009), and that’s pretty darn neat!

  12. Commodianus on March 4th, 2009 1:51 am

    Please do not judge, let all come to Christ’s Church if they are sincere.

  13. Susan Schaefer on March 4th, 2009 1:56 pm

    Thank you for all the people who reminded one writer that we are all sinners, and cannot “earn” our way in to the Catholic Church or heaven, for that matter. Someone who is willing to study the faith and spend hours in RCIA will probably not be doing it just for kicks… we do have standards in that one cannot make an emotional decision to become Catholic and boom, you’re in. Those who want to become Catholic must take their time, and make sure it is the right decision after much prayer and learning!

  14. Gary on March 13th, 2009 11:19 am

    As a History Major there is no wonder why Newt Gingrich is coming home to the Catholic Church. For over 2000 years in times of Government disarray and confusion people have turned to the one true apostolic church for direction and stability.

  15. Jennifer on March 26th, 2009 4:54 am

    For those commenting that he shouldn’t be able to convert because he’s been divorced twice, need to understand about the Sacrement of Confession and forgiveness. We have no idea how Mr. Gingerich is making reparation for his sins through the Sacrement of reconciliation (which he must receive before converting). Never underestimate the power of Christ’s mercy.

  16. Mike Melendez on March 27th, 2009 10:46 am

    I used to agree with Groucho Marx when he said, “I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members,” then I remembered I was a Catholic.

  17. Ray on March 28th, 2009 4:57 pm

    I haven’t seen Newt’s latest wife, but I bet she is considerably younger and quite attractive.

    If that’s what it took, I’d change my religion to. LOL

  18. paul quinlan on April 1st, 2009 10:50 pm

    if newt is sincere i suggest he read the vatican 2 documents on social justice as well as john paul ii’s encyclical’s on social justice. he might just think twice or maybe more if he is to be intellectually honest. what a thought an intellectually honest politican.

  19. Alex on April 2nd, 2009 11:56 am

    Some mentioned the example, influence, and “prayers” of Tony Blair on the possible conversion of high profile persons, like Bush. Tony Blair is not at all a model Catholic, nor his wife. They are pro-choice, pro-homosexual marriage, and loudly and unabashedly pro-contraception. When the wife gives a talk she never fails to say how much of a boon to women the pill was and refers to one of children as an “accident.” IMHO, they are not gonna bring anyone to faith that they themselves are not really apart of.

  20. Pauline on April 5th, 2009 1:27 pm

    Being “born & raised” Catholic, going to Mass at least 6 days a week, (Catholic School) I know that Our Lord is ALWAYS & FOREVER more than willing to forgive. Remember? He forgave during his torture and death on the Cross. So why not Newt? If a person is SINCERELY honest, and TRULY asking forgiveness, and WILLING to become ONE with Christ, and IS going to receive the Sacrement of Confession, hopefully he can live the life of a good Catholic. Just a thought….God forgives in all Churches that worship Him…..not just Catholic. A Priest taught us in our Senior year, and laughingly said, lots of folks will be surprised when they get to Heaven, they will have to “rub elbows” with people of all religions. There is good and bad in all.

  21. Robert J. Bartusek on April 6th, 2009 1:35 pm

    We only have sinners in the Catholic church . Others please find something better to do with your time . Seriously ; part of any conversion is the humility
    to name your sins and ask our Savior Jesus Christ for fogiveness and the faith to believe it happens .
    Youre in Christ

  22. BobGeiger on April 7th, 2009 6:34 am

    Welcome home, Newt!
    St. Augustine lived with a woman and had an illegitimate son prior to converting and becoming a priest. May Newt become a modern day Augustine!

  23. Joe Dibble on April 8th, 2009 5:10 am

    Praise GOD!
    The Church has always been a beacon for intellectual, truth seeking men & women. I’m so happy to see modern great thinkers finding their way home. In a time when people are leaving Christianity and The Church for secular reasons – its good to have big name people like Blair and Newt join the Fold.
    As someone said earlier – don’t hold your breath for Bush to come home, but it has nothing to do with his library, it has to do with blood line. Daddy is big time, old school Freemason. W would be disinherited in a most ugly way. Its too bad, I think he is a true Christian not a fair-weather believer.

  24. Doctor Dave on April 8th, 2009 10:57 am

    As a Baptist, I am amused to read these fawning notes of acceptance to Mr. Newt. Especially interesting is Susan Schaefer’s comment that he is not doing this for “kicks”, that the Church has “standards” and it is not enough to make an “emotional” decision to switch religions. Yet on the Fox Sunday morning program Newt referred only to a sense of peace he found in the Church. Certainly an emotion.
    I hope Newt finds true peace in his new home. I was ignorant of the fact that one needed “standards” to form a relatonship with God. It appears Newt has met the “standards” of the Catholic Church. We country bumpkins will miss him as he moves to a higher plain.

  25. Janice on April 9th, 2009 10:04 am

    It looks to me that Newts first two sessions of wedding vows (fidelity in sickness and in health etc.) do not count because these two ladies were not Catholic. Now he owes it to his partner in adultery to help her rehabilitate herself in the eyes of her “faith community” by being catechized and standing up at the Easter Vigil and declaring that he wants communion with Rome. Presto chango all will be overlooked and the two old gals who took care of him in earlier days can just be used and forgotten. I daresay Newt and wife could have gotten the same deal in a Protestant church without all the sacramental mumbo jumbo.

  26. kathleen on April 9th, 2009 10:11 am

    Newt is a 33 degree freemason. So is Bush and Bush Sr.
    Not sure about Tony Blair.
    Freemasons and Communists have been infiltrating the Catholic Church for quite some time.
    Freemasons have been and still are enemies of the church.

  27. Taylor Marshall on April 10th, 2009 9:36 am


    That’s true, but are you surprised? Satan has been infiltrating the true Church since the time of Christ. Judas Iscariot comes to mind. Do these facts somehow prove that Catholicism and the ministry of Christ are invalid?

  28. Fred on April 23rd, 2009 5:45 pm

    anybody opposing sinners into our Holy Catholic Church, ……..”let the one with no Sin cast the first stone…”
    “……………………..Thank you God that I am not like them Tax Collectors….” I can go on and on…!

  29. M on May 10th, 2009 12:52 pm

    The first requirement to become a Christian is to be a sinner. Those who think they are without sin fool themselves. The second is to turn from sin and toward Christ. This is called repentance. With confessing our sin to God, asking for His forgiveness, and through belief asking that His death on the cross become the payment for our sins, we become believers. The central part of this process is the belief that Christ is God, and the belief that His blood wipes away our sin. I am proud of Newt. Now He will begin the slow process of change called santification. The Holy Spirit handles that process. This is coming from a Baptist that appreciates the Catholic church.

  30. phillip hoy on May 15th, 2009 8:25 pm

    I don’t think we have right to judge Newt Gingrich’s intentions and charity requires us to assume they are good. About the marital/divorce history, resolution is between Newt and God and no doubt his Confessor is being of assistance – we should keep out of this area. I will say a prayer for Newt and I hope Newt might say one for me – I ain’t perfect! Being a Catholic could help in politics: Hitler was an altar boy, Stalin a seminarian. My father told me that when he heard a guy trumpeting that he was a Catholic, he would keep a firm hand on his wallet until the guy was out of sight!

  31. patricia poston on May 25th, 2009 12:34 am

    For those who attempt to judge Mr. Gingrich negatively, is it not strange that we show hatred and contempt for those who sin differently than we do? signed just another catholic

  32. Jwasky on June 27th, 2009 9:32 pm

    Only if we were to learn that Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il, Netanyahu, the head of Hamas and a few others of their brand were to do the same.

  33. Mary on August 15th, 2009 9:14 pm

    God Bless Newt! From a sinner who has returned to the Catholic Church after 2 divorces and a third marriage. I thank God the Pastor at my Catholic Church didn’t treat me with such scorn. I am a repentant sinner who yearns to worship my God with the sacred adoration HE deserves. I love being back to the Catholic Church after 29 long, long unpeaceful years. Thank God for compassionate, kind Catholics. Thank God for kind Priests who will guide One such as me back home, to the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church grounded in scripture and traditon, and most importantly, compassion and love through Christ Jesus, our Savior! Want to know more about our wonderful Catholic Church- watch Eternal Word Television Network! EWTN- which encouraged me to come back home!

  34. Rosa on March 20th, 2011 10:16 pm

    I smell politics……..too many registered Catholic voters perhaps….I hope he loves the POOR and SOCIALIST ideas of Jesus Christ my loving savior and his blessed mother Mary. R a lifetime catholic who loves the poor……….. 48+

  35. Jack T on April 2nd, 2011 3:26 pm

    Any Baptist who appreciates Catholicism knows nothing about Anabaptist (those who believe baptism is only for born again believers) history in the U.S. and Europe. Historically, Rome and her Protestant children’s hands drip with the blood of the true saints, and when the political climate is right, will do it again. I see Newt as an apostate to Biblical Christianity and, as a substitute, has turned to fables. It may help him financially and politically, but will do him no good in eternity.

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