Is Newt just another faithless, expedient “converso”?

by Doug Lawrence

Newt Gingrich is a Catholic convert. And even though, due to various ethical lapses and serious personal issues, his past remains questionable, many recently seemed to be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Hence, Newt has recently moved up to front runner status, in the Republican primary race.

But there are signs of big trouble … the most recent being Mr. Gingrich’s apparent break with authentic Catholic teaching about when human life begins.

In a recent television interview with ABC White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, Gingrich clearly argued that life begins at the moment the fertilized egg is implanted in the wall of the uterus. Yet, according to the Church, life begins the moment the egg and sperm come together, in fertilization.  The moment of conception.

A brilliant politician, and a very intelligent man, it’s unlikely that Newt Gingrich would have made a statement such as this, unless he believed it. And if he actually believes what he appears to advocate, there’s probably going to be a lot of conservative Catholics shopping around for a new Republican presidential candidate.

Is this a calculated appeal to the “moderate Republicans” and the “independent voters” out there … the types who prefer to leave morality (abortion, homosexual marriage, etc.) out of politics … and who have, in the past, willingly thrown in with the Democrats to stop any real anti-abortion reform?

If it is, it just might work, since long experience shows that abortion tends to be a zero sum political issue … with pro and con just about evenly split … when it comes to votes.

What’s much more disturbing is the distinct possibility that Newt Gingrich is just another dime a dozen, faithless, opportunistic, Catholic in name only, politician.

Time will tell.

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