Newt Gingrich's faith journey: How a thrice-married Catholic became an evangelical darling
December 11th, 2011
07:47 PM ET
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Newt Gingrich's faith journey: How a thrice-married Catholic became an evangelical darling

(CNN) – There's an e-mail war raging among some of the nation's leading evangelicals over whether Newt Gingrich has repented enough for his sins to be president.

One recent skirmish was set off by an open letter urging Gingrich to give a major speech confronting his perceived moral stumbles, including an affair with his third wife, Callista, while married to No. 2.


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  1. Anonymous

    Evangelicals being hypocrites? How is this surprising?

    December 11, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. AEJ

    This man is SATAN. Can you imagine him being the POTUS? He is a self-centered, ALL ABOUT ME, MYSELF AND I. He is an evil man, who needs to go to the foot of the cross and pray for his past life. Keep out of the Presidency. Shame on you. You have a problem with the zipper in your pants.

    December 11, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    It may be true that God will forgive the slimey salamander for his "wavering vows", but until he meets Him face to face, I do not trust the lizard as far as I could throw all 300 pounds of his pasty pulchritude!

    If he treats his "loved ones" by cheating on them, how will he treat this faceless "libtard" or a lobomotized "con"?

    God will forgive him whether he is President or a book peddler.

    I am voting to make sure he stays a book peddler.

    December 11, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Jules

    Remember what is says in the Bible – by their actions you shall know them. What people say is not important – do they show a change of heart and a change of life. Do they say one thing and do another? Everyone on earth is eligible for the redemptive grace of God, but that doesn't mean everyone should be president.

    December 11, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. Lost inTexas FOREVER and EVER

    one reason is because some of these so-called born again Christians can be forgiving only in CERTAIN situations. You see how they fled the Herman Cain ship once the accusations of him cheating came to the forefront. They are the first ones in line to condemn President Clinton over his conduct, call a family man such as Obama a Muslim and non-Christian, and forgive someone like Sen Vitter of his sins because he "repented". Had President Obama done the same in his past as Newt I doubt very seriously these same folks would be so willing to let the past go.....moreso they would use it against him. There is an old saying that "God don't like UGLY" and I am not at all against being forgiving I am against it being so selective.

    December 11, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    â–ºNewt Gingrich's faith journey: How a thrice-married Catholic became an evangelical darling
    I guess everything was ignored about him – even his arrogant, nasty, "pit-bull" snarling!!
    Just several months ago he was condemning the media and everyone around him, pray tell
    Now today – what? – he changed overnight? Come on, no way this could happen in high hell

    America – Really? the GRINCH????

    Obama 2012 – "there's NOTHING hidden and there are NO surprises!!!"

    December 11, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. Ramesh Shrestha

    Call me crazy if you will for saying this, but this horny old man is not done marrying. Once his barbie droops, he will find another barbie to fill in the blanks. Watch!

    December 11, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. BigJim

    that would be like beating a dead horse. ( as the old saying goes). whats the point?

    December 11, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Namejkane

    No teapublican is going to get elected for any office in the next election, where's the jobs program promised in 2010 by teapublicans, oh yea, you had to string along blackmail riders on the jobs bills that you couldn'tpass in congress, Luckely,, by the DEMS, by the way ,dip romney can pay for his own insurance, you losers in the house are fired!!!! ,but you have until Nov, to file for unemployment!!!!!

    December 11, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. OffCenter

    Not to try to step on anyones toes but reguardless of denomination is the only one who gets to judge if someone has repented enough for there sins a tad bit far above leading evangelicals. Oh and wasnt there this guy with a beard who has 12 friends who said judge not yest ye be judged. What he did was slimey but spritualy that is between him and his God.

    December 12, 2011 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  11. BJ

    I truly would like for you to stop jamming that so-called Christian group down my throat. Who are they, the offspring of the Klan? I'm sure.

    December 12, 2011 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  12. oregonian101

    Yep, the self proclaimed party of family values.

    December 12, 2011 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  13. Pedron

    Whether he has been married 20-30 times thats his business and his wives stay away from it! or change ticker to cnn tabloids!!

    December 12, 2011 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  14. Tony

    These are the real questions: Do evangelicals need to repent themselves if they support Gingrich? Do they really believe in the family values that they espouse?

    December 12, 2011 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  15. Joey

    Newton Mcpherson (his born name) was a Baptist for most of his life, on top of that a pastor, so tell me what gives him the right to flip Roman Catholic and say he prayed for forgiveness. He cheated on his wives, he don't know what type of Christian he wants to be, he a lobbyist, a failed speaker of the house, and a elitist. Vote for this fool at your own risk. 60 minutes talked to Obama and he speaks the truth!!!! Obama 2012

    December 12, 2011 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  16. willie floyd

    When did leopards begin changing their spots???

    December 12, 2011 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  17. Marie MD

    Sure he has. Becoming a catholic absolves you from sin? In his mind only. Ask the pedophile priests!

    December 12, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |