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Newt Gingrich To Become Catholic At Easter

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First Judge Robert Bork, Sen Sam Brownback, and Laura Ingraham, then former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair converted to Catholicism. Rumors spread that President George W. Bush was discussing becoming a Catholic but never materialised; I believe because his wife Laura is a devout Methodist. Now, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has announced that he will become Catholic during the Easter services this April.

“I have become increasingly drawn to Catholicism over the past several years while attending Mass with my wife, Callista,” Gingrich tells Newsmax. “ After prayer and reflection, I believe this is where God has led me. I’m looking forward with great joy to being received into full communion with the Catholic Church.”

His wife’s faith and actions have led Gingrich, previously a Southern Baptist, to the one and true Church. It takes a strong women to show an example to their husbands of how God can work in their lives. Women truly are the foundation and the sustainers of Catholicism.

God bless you, Mr. Speaker. May your faith in God bring you peace and comfort.

I wonder how his new found faith will enrich his future presidential possibilities?

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March 27, 2009 at 7:46 pm

The Christmas Lights Of La Salette Shrine

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Ever heard of the Marian apparitions at La Salette in the French Alps? I hadn’t until we visited the National Shrine of La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts for the holiday Christmas celebration. The order of Missionaries of La Salette have seven shrines in the United States commemorating our Lady’s visit to two little shepherd children, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Mathieu. The outdoor shrine under cathedral tall pine trees is carved and built into the rocky slopes with stairways up to an altar. Catholics make their way up the hillside on their knees saying the mysteries of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross.

The Catholic shrine, built in 1953, hosts a Christmas Light festival that is breath-taking and from the crowds, a family tradition for thousands. During the festival, you are treated to Christmas concerts, beautiful outdoor scenery, a museum of 500 creches from around the world, and a magnificent 1500-figure display of houses, churches, windmills, villagers, and a Portuguese Nativity scene, called a “Presepio,” from the Azores.

If you’re in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York, don’t miss this meditative holy site. It’s a wonderful way to inspire a Catholic Christmas tradition with your children.

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December 31, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Student Who Took Eucharist Voted Out

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Webster Cook, 23, a Catholic and student, and Senator of the University of Central Florida’s Student Government Association, was voted out and removed from his position.

Cook secretly took the Eucharist out of the church after mass.

Cook says he is Catholic and went to Catholic school. He knows he has to eat the Eucharist and had planned to. SGA colleagues said Cook’s behavior on June 29 was not becoming of someone on their board. Cook says what he did was not meant to hurt or disrespect. “I didnt think that not taking the Eucharist immediately would disrupt mass. I previously witnessed people return to their seats and break it to share with someone; people who are ill. I’ve seen people go back and pray. I didn’t think it was out of the ordinary,” Cook said.

Cook says he feels his rights were violated. He believes he was manhandled by churchgoers who made a scene screaming that he had stolen the Eucharist and tried to pry it out of his hands before he could eat it.

The SGA is to be commended for taking this malfeasance seriously as an ethics violation.

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August 30, 2008 at 1:35 am

Catholic Education Manifesto – Part I

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Forget what Obama and McCain have to say about education. Centralized governmental control of kindergarten through twelfth grade education has caused nothing but chaos for millions of children, and those children’s children. It is time for the Catholic Church, as well as other churches that have the means, to reinvigorate Catholic grade school and high school education, particularly in the inner cities. And if the Church won’t do so on its own initiative, congregations across this country have to start demanding change.

I went to both public and Catholic grade school in Chicago in the 1960’s. Those schools took all comers. They educated regardless of race or economic class. And did a better job, especially with the poor, than public schools ever have or will.

The Church recognized that truly educating children, regardless of their faith, ethnicity or class, vastly increased the possibility that they could lead decent lives. The success of those schools was based on uniform discipline, and a deep belief in the Judeo-Christian ethic. Instilling respect for themselves, their families, and yes, even their country, made students of every color and class better potential citizens, better potential people.

Catholic schools taught ethics, reverence for our Founders, respect for democracy and pride in our country. Math, science, history and the arts were taught using objective facts. 2 plus 2 equaled 4 or you didn’t pass. Washington and Jefferson were fallible men who owned slaves, but they were great men of vision who gave us the gift of the most powerful, generous and free country in the history of the Earth. Man is learning exponentially about the world around him, but is not capable of ever understanding all its complexity. All were taught from the perspective of the objective fact that Judeo-Christian morality has provided the guiding light in building this society.

As lay secular humanists took increasing control of the Church’s school, the emphasis in supporting the community and creating good citizens took a back seat to competing for prestige. Making the list of 100 Top Catholic High Schools took precedence over making good young men and women. Entrance requirements, including particularly reliance on standardized test scores, became increasingly restrictive. That was where budget concerns did not result in closing the schools all together.

All this began to occur at a time when the secular left was exercising increasing control over curriculum in the public schools, and driving any mention of God from the classrooms. Public schools now teach the secular religion of catastrophic man-made global warming and promote sexual promiscuity. Besides handing out condoms and abortion referrals, most public schools now even refuse to protect girls from outright assault by boys. Taking a cue from Islam, if a girl does not have multiple eyewitnesses to the most crude and offensive behavior, even assault, it is dismissed as “he said/she said.”

At least the left understands the importance of instilling core beliefs in the very young. Look at any Weekly Reader, let alone the textbooks for the very earliest grades, and you will see the secular humanists’ ideology presented as fact on almost every issue. Socialism is government caring for the disadvantaged. All cultures of the world are equal, except for the evil Judeo-Christian West. Women are to be treated as equals, except in countries that hate America, where honor killings and sexual slavery are legal.

Similarly, radical Islamic fascists have used schools, known as madrassas, to the same effect. Hatred for all non-Muslims, particularly Jews and Americans, is taught from birth. No deviation from the most radical teachings is allowed. Murder of innocents leads to paradise. Extremist Islamic teachings may be more vicious than the leftist’s curriculum in our country, but the principle of propagandizing children early is identical. The Church has slowly but surely abandoned educating the young in this country as a major priority, to its own detriment.

Read Catholic Education Manifesto – Part II tomorrow.

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August 18, 2008 at 10:53 am