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The Catholic candidate in Political Neverland


Well, it had to come out sometime. The current front-runner in the Republican presidential primary race, Newt Gingrich, is a Catholic. He used to be a Lutheran. Then he was a Southern Baptist. He converted to share his third wife’s Catholicism in 2009.

Seatbelts, everyone. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Why? Well, Gingrich has been talking about moral issues lately. You know, abortion, embryonic stem cell research. And moral values in general.

Did I write that correctly? Did I say his third wife?

Oh, well, the story has been around for a while. Gingrich married his former high school geometry teacher in 1962. He was 19. She was 26. They had two children. Their marriage lasted about 18 years, crashing on the rocks during his affair with Marianne Ginter, whom he married directly after the divorce. That second marriage lasted until Gingrich began an affair with Callista Bisek, a House committee staffer a generation his junior, whom he married following his second divorce.

Gingrich’s first affair, leading to his second marriage, continued while he was Speaker of the House and leading the investigation of President Bill Clinton. You know, the Lewinsky thing. Gingrich’s third marriage, coming from his second affair, took place in 2000.

This may be getting confusing, but it’s Washington…

Now, I often like what Gingrich says about moral values, and marital stability is not the only measure of a man’s mettle. Still, there are issues.

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  1. Jim says:

    So is the Supreme Court made up of mostly Catholics. So what? I cannot see how Gingrich’s Catholicism would have any influence on voters’ choices if they have a brain and can think. (That’s a big assumption.) John Kennedy is still revered by many and he was a Catholic.

  2. Mary says:

    Well, let’s see now. Sure, Newt was acting like an immature kid for the first 30 years of his life. (With a name like “Newt” there was a lot to work through . . . )But for the last nearly twenty years he’s been married to the same lady, and, attested to by many, has matured personally and philosophically. And he speaks candidly about his former errors (sins, which is why Newt had to mention that he’s made his peace with God).
    That’s long enough to indicate a settled down habit of stability.
    It’s a safe bet that Newt can now be trusted when he gives his word. And doubly so since he joined the Catholic faith.

  3. Richard Andrew says:

    “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” Psalm 145(146):3-4.


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