Front page of The New York Times print edition: "On the Stump, Gingrich Puts Focus on Faith"."...as he travels the country, he is striking two related notes: that the nation faces not just a fiscal crisis but also a loss of its moral foundation, and that his conversion to Catholicism two years ago is part of an evolution that has given him a deeper appreciation for the role of faith in public life."On a recent winter night here, Mr. Gingrich, 67, stood on stage at a Catholic school with his wife, Callista, and introduced a film they produced about the role Pope John Paul II played in the fall of Communism in Poland. As Mr. Gingrich looked out over a crowd of 1,300 people, he warned that the United States had become too secular a society.To a surprising degree, we are in a situation similar to Polands in 1979, he told the audience, which had gathered at a banquet for Ohio Right to Life, one of the nations oldest anti-abortion groups. In America, religious belief is being challenged by a cultural elite trying to create a secularized America, in which God is driven out of public life.Poland? Guess this must be part of the get-out-the-Catholic vote.Politico looks at where Mr. Gingrich get his money.
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.