Newt Gingrich’s scheduled speech at Catholic University next week is prompting
criticism from students who contend that the appearance would violate the school’s
policy barring speakers who have espoused positions contrary to Vatican teachings.
Frank Lankey Jr., 20, political director for the College Democrats, said that
Gingrich’s support for the death penalty and his extramarital affair in the
1990s contradict church teachings and should prohibit him from appearing.
It sounds like some people who are upset at the prevention of
pro-abortion speakers are trying a little turnabout.
In remarks yesterday, Nakas said
that Gingrich’s support for the death penalty does not put him in conflict
with church teachings because "there’s
no absolute prohibition. There’s nothing that says that capital punishment
is necessarily forbidden."
As for Gingrich’s personal relationships — he divorced
in 1999 after having an affair with a congressional aide — Nakas said: "He’s
not a public advocate for adultery. That’s the distinction." [Source]
As a political theorist there is a lot I agree with ole Newt
about but I pretty much lost any personal respect for him when he left
his sick wife and the scummy way he acted in regards to this. I also think
it is ridiculous though to bring up someone’s past affair to block a speech.
We can not know if this sin has repented of. I don’t know the
details as to whether Newt received an annulment before being remarried in a Catholic Church as it does not appear to be public knowlege, so I can’t see how the director for the College Democrats can validly use his affair in this manner.