Sunday, April 05, 2009
Newt Goes Home to Rome
I was stunned to learn via Fox News Sunday that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has left evangelicalism to become a Roman Catholic. Apparently Newt hasn't discussed this publicly much yet, but Chris Wallace asked the question and Newt replied in the affirmative. He then proceeded to give an explanation of why, which didn't improve my mood any.
It's sad. If someone of Newt Gingrich's obvious intelligence and knowledge of history can dump biblical doctrine for a bunch of warm fuzzies and rituals, it doesn't bode well. I don't mean to suggest that only stupid people fall for false religions and cults. Actually, it's quite the opposite. But Newt knows better. And he is grooming himself to be the next GOP standard bearer.
It's funny, because Newt was warning about the possibility of there being a third party formed by disgruntled conservative Republicans if the GOP doesn't get its act together. I can tell you in advance that you can count me in to the third party, because I am not going to be led by Rome.
NOTE: Here is a transcript of the Newt/Wallace interview.
Postscript: I guess this has been known in some elements of the blogosphere for some time, and by Christianity Today. However, it was news to me. Been preoccupied with other things, I guess.