.- The Catholic Church welcomed another high profile politician into the fold recently when former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was welcomed into the faith on Sunday, March 29.
Gingrich, who has had two well documented divorces outside the Catholic Church, appeared on Fox News to discuss North Koreaâs recent defiance, but also spoke briefly about his conversion.
The conservative leader said that âreading the literatureâ and âmeeting with Monsignor Rossiâ gave him âpeaceâ in his soul and a âsense of well being in the Catholic Church.â He referred to his confirmation as âone of the most powerful moments of [his] life.â
When questioned about his past marriages, he said âwe have done everything within the law of the Church over the last 10 years, and itâs been a process.â Gingrich also pointed to Pope Benedict XVI as a contributor to his conversion.
He said that âseeing the joy in his eyes, listening to his messageâ led him to âreally believeâ in the Churchâs message.
Gingrich also echoed Benedict XVIâs Palm Sunday message about self sacrifice and denial as the way to a successful life by saying that he believed that âmuch of whatâs wrong with our countryâ can be solved not with more selfishness and greed, but rather by âlooking inside ourselves, not just looking at money or looking at our wallets.â