New Catholics this Easter – former Baptist Newt Gingrich among them

by Steve Ray on April 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 1, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, became Catholic on Sunday, the first of thousands that will join the Church at Easter.

The U.S. bishops’ conference reported Tuesday that around 150,000 are scheduled to join the Catholic Church this Easter.

The press release noted that “the numbers show the growth and vitality of the Catholic Church in places where it has traditionally been a small minority.” For the whole article, go here.

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Raymund April 2, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Welcome home, Mr. Speaker.

Patty Bonds April 3, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Welcome home! I made the same journey almost nine years ago! Wow, how time flies!

Patty Bonds April 3, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Make that 8 years ago. That might be why time seemed to fly! :)

Phillip April 5, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I say welcome also.

However…

Understanding of course that “judge not least ye be judged”, I am a bit uncomfortable with Mr. Gingrich and his current wife also. I remembered that he had been divorced twice before, but when I looked him up on Wikipedia, it was worse than I realized. His current wife, who by all accounts, he had an affair with while stilled married to his 2nd wife. It can’t help but cross your mind as to how she was allowed ot marry him. I suppose we are all failable creatures. But wouldn’t it be nice if we had just one or two Catholic politicians whom we could admire in their priviate lives as well as their public accomplishments? Now that would be real family values. But, I guess it is just too much to ask.

I wish him all of God’s blessings and hope that he is in heaven before the devil even knows he is dead.

As to the growth in areas of the Church that it traditionally hasn’t grown, I think it is a backlash against some of the mainstream Protestant churches and their shedding and shredding of ancient, traditional doctrine and morals. Plus, with some of the fundamental churches, it seems that if you have life questions that go beyond pat answers from the bible, they simply fail. The Cathlic Church is ancient and blessed by God with strong leadership with answer to the difficulties of life that the other churches can’t seem to match.

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