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Newt Gingrich officially converted to Roman Catholicism.
Why did Newt Gingrich become a Roman Catholic? In April of 2011, Newt Gingrich
"People ask me when I decided to become Catholic. It
would be more accurate to say that I gradually became Catholic and then realized
that I should accept the faith that surrounded me."
(Newt Gingrich at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. on
April 27, 2011)
Roman Catholicism "surrounded" Newt Gingrich principally via his present
Catholic, but he had known her since the 1990s. What triggered Newt
Gingrich's realization in 2009?
"Catching a glimpse of Pope Benedict [during his
2008 US visit], I was struck by the happiness and peacefulness he exuded. The
joyful and radiating presence of the Holy Father was a moment of confirmation
about the many things I had been thinking and experiencing for several years."
Jonah was the epitome of "peacefulness" while
disobeying God and jeopardizing many souls:
"Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai,
saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for
their wickedness has come up before Me." But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish
from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to
Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to
Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. But the LORD sent out a great wind on
the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about
to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his
god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load.
But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and
was fast asleep." (Jonah 1:1-5)
As to the "Holy Father", Jesus strictly
warned us against calling anyone on earth our spiritual father, let alone
"Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your
Father, He who is in heaven." (Matthew 23:9)