The Big Catholic Tent

Newt Gingrich, Catholic politician.

“On a recent winter night here, Mr. Gingrich, 67, stood on stage at a Catholic school with his wife, Callista, and introduced a film they produced about the role Pope John Paul II played in the fall of Communism in Poland. As Mr. Gingrich looked out over a crowd of 1,300 people, he warned that the United States had become too secular a society.

‘To a surprising degree, we are in a situation similar to Poland’s in 1979,’ he told the audience, which had gathered at a banquet for Ohio Right to Life, one of the nation’s oldest anti-abortion groups. ‘In America, religious belief is being challenged by a cultural elite trying to create a secularized America, in which God is driven out of public life.’

To most audiences, Mr. Gingrich does not talk directly about converting to Catholicism, but his faith has become an important part of his dialogue with conservative voters.”


  1. Did he mention the passing of Bernard Nathanson – another convert – one who clearly puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to saving innocent lives?

    For some reason, I can’t get Rex Mottram out of my head whenever I think of poor ol’ Newt…


  2. Matthew Lickona says

    ooooh, burn.

  3. I don’t mean to be cranky, honest, but I think those sorts of comments should be kept to oneself. Gingrich does not come to mind when I think of what an “ideal” Catholic looks like, but really, we should avoid tearing down a fellow Catholic and convert to the faith. It’s really not our place to judge. I know all comments here are meant in good fun, but I think this crosses the line.

    • Mike,
      Just to be clear: you think saying that he brings Rex Mottram to mind crosses the line, yes? Would it be less bothersome if someone made a serious case for the similarity? I ask in all sincerity – no snark.

  4. No, look, what I mean is that any comparison to Mottram, justified or not, can hardly be complimentary. I don’t mean that Gingrich should be immune from criticism, but simply that we should probably lay off him as regards something as personal as his conversion to the Catholic faith. I just don’t think it’s our business to make such comparisons, especially not publicly, unless there’s a good reason for it. I guess the serious case that would have to be made is not for the similarity, but for making the comparison period. However, that’s frankly not an important enough topic to warrant a serious case being made by someone (who has the time?), so I think I’m going to leave it at that.

  5. Mike,

    My apologies for offending. Cheap shot. My bad.

    Mottram was not without his good qualities, for sure. I’d say the same for Mr. Gingrich.


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