Speaking on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Newt Gingrich explained his serial adultery and serial marriages by saying, “There’s no question that at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard, and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”
Newt is reported to have received an annulment (or annulments?) in connection with his marriage to his Roman Catholic mistress, Callista Bisek, in 2000. Although the Catholic Church doesn’t recognize divorce in theory, it does practice a pay-to-pray version of salvation in which sham annulments are freely available to people with open pocketbooks or the right connections. Newt converted to Roman Catholicism in 2009, announcing that his sins were washed away and he was ready to defend God’s position and prerogatives in America. God must have been so relieved.
The late G. Avery Lee (1916-2008) was the Baptist preacher who baptized Gingrich when the future crusader was a graduate student at Tulane. Lee noted, “It has been suggested by some that in baptizing him, I didn’t hold him under long enough.”