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Newt Gingrich to restore faith in presidency with faith in God Comments

As voters scrutinize Newt Gingrich they are examining the faith of a man who has like many others, had his ups and downs. A convert to Catholicism, Gingrich's views have wide appeal to Catholics, and as he articulates his beliefs, many are taking a new found interest in him. Continue Reading

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  1. Don Ormsby
    3 years ago

    It is important to learn from history. Take, for example, the Philadelphia Nativist Riot, Bloody Monday, the Orange Riots in New York City. And then there were the Blaine Amendments. Was religious bigotry appropriate back then? If not, why so now among non-LDS Christians? Let us celebrate what unites us, not revel in what divides us.

  2. Don Ormsby
    3 years ago

    It is important to learn from history. Take, for example, the Philadelphia Nativist Riot, Bloody Monday, the Orange Riots in New York City. And then there were the Blaine Amendments. Was religious bigotry appropriate back then? If not, why so now among non-LDS Christians? Let us celebrate what unites us, not revel in what divides us.

  3. ReasonableViews
    3 years ago

    Welcome to the new, kinder, gentler, more mature, somewhat more humble, Catholic Newt. The New Newt, like a set of new clothes, perfectly tailored, and perfectly suited to the occasion.

    Time will tell if that works. In a few months, we'll all be looking back and saying one of two things. Either: we should have known that nothing would stick to Gingrich if it hadn't stuck to him already, or we should have known that a guy with so many skeletons and baggage would get taken down by another controversy.

  4. Media Mark
    3 years ago

    Makes it hard for me to admit I am catholic. Is this a serious article? How can anyone in their right mind suppport this toad?

  5. CC
    3 years ago

    Having Gingrich represent American Catholics in politics is as apropos as a snake in the grass. Whether his conversion is authentic is up to him and God, but it'll be better viewed through his actions than his word, since his word has been proven faulty numerous times. He claims to be for and in favor of a lot of things that Catholicism agrees with, but all without backing any of it up in a real way with the necessary taxes. And seeing as most Republicans currently favor a pledge to Grover Norquist to not raise any taxes whatsoever over following the Constitution or the Bible, (and yes, that includes Gingrich in a big away) despite Jesus' line about paying one's taxes: "Give Cesar what is Cesar's due." -- I for one, would rather not hear this man touted as our political savior. Not even what he says he plans to do matches with Catholicism in the U.S., even if you ignore literally everything he's done before 2009.

    Say what you want about Mormonism, but at least Romney hasn't changed religions to garner more votes.

  6. RayT
    3 years ago

    This article is hilarious. Mitt Romney is unelectable because some Mormons don't present their religion properly? On that basis, no one but an atheist would be electable. Romney may well be unelectable, but it will be on grounds of his ideas and his competence, not on whether some Mormons present their theology appropriately.

    I'm quite willing to accept that Newt Gingrich's reception into the Catholic Church may well be authentic. But being an authentic Catholic doesn't make him authentically competent to be President. And he's a long way from demonstrating that competence.

    Some Catholics may well be pleased that Gingrich is leading in the polls and heading to be the Presidential nominee for the Republican party. That includes many bishops, many of whom give pretty strong evidence of being Republicans who happen to be bishops, not bishops who happen to be Republicans. But there are enough other Catholics, Republican and Democrat alike, who will base their vote on Gingrich's competence, not his Catholicity, who will decide he simply isn't Presidential material.

    Sorry, but you'll have to come up with a better sales pitch for Gingrich than his reception into Catholicism. All you've done so far is prove you're good at comedy.

  7. Raymond Takashi Swenson
    3 years ago

    So religious intolerance by Protestants against a Catholic candidate like Kennedy is wrong, but religious intolerance by Protestants AND Catholics against a Mormon is just fine? The head of the Catholic bishops in America spoke recently at Brigham Young University and called for unity among all those who believe in the moral teachings of the Bible to stand firm against government endorsement of immoral behavior. Your article is clearly undermining the bishops' call for political unity across religious differences.

  8. Richard Bybee
    3 years ago

    A note to my Catholic friends: When I was a young man in my early twenties, I served as a Mormon missionary in Quebec, Canada among many devout Catholic people. I learned to love these good people because of their overall integrity and family values. I have sung over the years in many choral groups and we sang the Catholic Mass by several different composers (Bach, Mozart, etc.). It appears that the words I sang in the Mass largely comport with the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the "Mormon Church," or "LDS Church"). We sang of praising God, of the Virgin Birth, of Christ's teachings, of Christ's suffering in Gethsamane and on Calvary's cross, of His Holy Resurrection, and finally, of "Agnus Dei," ("Lamb of God"). These teachings are all a part of LDS doctrine. There are, of course, differences, but there are more similarities than differences. We are both Christian religions, believing that Christ is our Savior, and that through our repentance and adherence to His Gospel's teachings, we can return again to live with Him. Let's lay aside our differences and learn to appreciate the good in each other's teachings. The LDS Church works with Catholic Charities in many parts of the world to distribute relief and humanitarian supplies. We can do so much good working together rather than butting heads over dogma. Sincerely, Richard Bybee, South Jordan, UT

  9. hartwood
    3 years ago

    Well,yes,While Mormanism is a cult, but it has little to do with the integrity of the Presidential candidate. We have a scary group of candidates, the latest to be the loose-cannon Newt. No good choices; slaughter babies or involve us in the mother-of-all world wars. Who can save us besides our God?

  10. Scott
    3 years ago

    So, if I read this correctly, 14M people are lying about their faith in Christ but Newt Gingrich who has confessed to adultery, been divorced twice, run out of congress for ethics violations and sold his support on key issues to the highest bidder, is your man to represent Catholics as the President of the Unitd States? If you're grasping for a Catholic, what about Rick Santorum? He at least has some integrity..

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