Newt Swims The Tiber

The question is: does the former Speaker have his annulments in order?

If his “switch” (conversion not being an appropriate term for an already-baptized Christian entering the Catholic Church) is “soon,” then he must have those annulments lined up already.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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8 Responses to Newt Swims The Tiber

  1. Kevin in Texas says:

    Hi Todd,

    By way of a charitable admonishment:
    Strange how one can be a bit snarky on issues of personal sins with those with whom one disagrees, but then we sweep under the rug some major PUBLIC sins of those committed by those with whom one may tend to agree more (e.g., Gov. Sebelius, who despite your protestations in your last piece, accepts massive campaign funds from the scum of the earth in the dirty world of abortion, the two major late-term abortion “doctors” in the Midwest, both of whom operate freely in her state of Kansas and whose business she has protected by twice vetoing ANY limits on late-term abortions).

    Let it be known that in no way am I approving of what I’ve heard re: Gingrich’s treatment of his previous wives. Truth be told I find such treatment offensive, but I also know that I don’t know the state of his soul and his dispositions. After all, the priest(s) with whom he must be in touch in his parish are the ones who would and should deal with those personal questions.

  2. Todd says:

    Well … lots of other bloggers seem to have the Sebelius angle covered. As a former Kansas City resident, I’m well aware of her deficiencies as a pro-choice politician. Her associations are very unfortunate, and she would do better to adopt a more rounded approach to life issues.

    My being an anti-Republican doesn’t necessarily mean I’m a Democrat. The Gingrich observation here is not out of line from anything any pastor or RCIA director must deal with in ordinary parish life.

    I’ll add a comment I don’t think much of the publicity that surrounds high-profile additions to Roman Catholicism. People switching to Catholicism should be well-known in their new parishes and welcomed accordingly. Outside of that, I’m not sure it’s my business or anyone else’s what celebrity is joining what parish.

  3. Karl says:

    “then he must have those annulments lined up already”

    Now there is a REAL surprise………….NOT!

  4. Jim says:

    Why on earth isn’t “converted” an appropriate term? It’s not like switching denominations.

  5. Tony says:

    He only has to have the first annulment lined up. :)

  6. Todd says:

    “Why on earth isn’t “converted” an appropriate term? It’s not like switching denominations.”

    “Conversion,” as a theological event, refers to turning away from sin and adjoining oneself to Christ. It is not appropriate to speak of catechized Christians “converting” to Catholicism. Although alternate definitions of the word “conversion” might apply, theologically, baptism marks the believer’s conversion.

    We might speak of converts from Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, etc.. But people don’t convert from being a Baptist–one kind of Christian–to being another kind of Christian.

  7. Cautious Man says:

    He’s welcome, as is everyone, but –

    I hope the media doesn’t start describing him as presenting the “Catholic viewpoint” on issues.

  8. Liam says:

    Newt is wikkid clever. Newt is wikkid smaht.

    One gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation that he has notably lacked and needs is….wisdom, and may he be receptive to an ample supply thereof.

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