Not So “Callista”, This Callista

Not So “Callista”, This Callista

MAY 21, 2017
Posted by Mundabor

Callista Gingrich is slated to be appointed ambassador of the US to the Holy Sea.

From the linked article we know that she is active in the usual charitable activities, authors books about rediscovering God and writes stories for children. I am moved to tears, I tell you.

We also know she was in an adulterous relationship with Gingrich for years, so I wonder what the children would think about that. I have never run a chariteee, but I have never run an adulterous relationship for years, either, so this makes me too boring to write a book called Rediscovering God In Other Men’s Marital Beds. Actually, in my experience a lot of these charitee people are either appeasing their conscience, of they are managing to look good with other people’s money, or they use their activity to network and make a lot of extremely useful contacts.

Callista means, in old Greek, “the most beautiful” or “extremely beautiful”. In this case, nomen non est omen.

So no, we are not in front of a role model here. However, this post is not about this. This post is about the role of the Catholic Callista Gingrich as the wife of the Catholic Newt Gingrich.

The wife should stay at the side of her husband and be submissive to him. By marrying Newt Gingrich this is the role she, a Catholic woman, chose for herself. Instead, we have another case of “emancipated” aged Catholic who sends the message that it is fine to leave her husband one ocean behind, because feminism. If this is Catholicism, I am an elephant.

This is wrong. The place of the wife is at the side of her husband, and the place of a prominent Catholic wife is at the side of her husband whilst she proclaims that it it should be so. Who does she think she is, Nancy “Botox” Pelosi?

Don’t tell me that Newt has certainly approved. It does only make two wrong, but the wife who goes away from her husband the more so. However, this makes Newt a cuck, too. A man who does not even have her wife under control should not be allowed to run for President.

This is another example of modern secular culture running counter to our traditional values, amidst the applause of the more or less Catholic press. Catholic values are defended by having wives in public positions publicly espousing and defending their Catholic role, not running the rat race.

Callista Gingrich should have publicly stated that, as a Catholic wife, her role is at the side of her husband. This would have sent a beautiful message and would have contributed to have her less than exemplary past seen in the light of a reformed woman. But what I see here is not this; what I see here is arrivism [“The state of having recently achieved wealth or position, especially by unscrupulous or unethical means. – The Free Dictionary], power grab, and feminist attitude. This is, in fact, the same attitude that leads a woman in the bed of a married man and reach a position of prestige and eminence through this adulterous relationship.

Callista Gingrich reminds me of Nilde Iotti. A smart woman for sure, she was the personal assistant of Palmiro Togliatti, the head of the Italian Communist Party, and his long-term mistress. Nilde Iotti managed to make a prestigious political career for herself, but smart people always remembered what stood at the beginning of it all: the marital bed of a powerful man. But she was a Communist at least.

One day, Callista Gingrich will run for senator.

I wonder if we will, then, get another book about “rediscovering God in Italy”.

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2 comments on “Not So “Callista”, This Callista

  1. Callista Crosses the Tiber

    May 23, 2017

    Trump offers Mrs. Gingrich as Vatican ambassador

    During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump suggested that Hillary Rodham Clinton had not been faithful to her husband, who, famously, was not faithful to her. It was an ugly and stupid moment in a campaign full of ugliness and stupidity. But out came Rudy Giuliani to praise Trump for taking the fight to Mrs. Clinton, while Newt Gingrich alternated between criticizing Trump and praising him for his approach to the issue. It was really something to hear that kind of moralistic tut-tutting from Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Newt Gingrich — the cats with nine wives. And now, President Trump apparently intends to send Newt Gingrich’s third wife, with whom the former speaker had a six-year affair while married to another woman, to the Vatican, as the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. I can’t help but think of Hedley Lamarr interviewing Wild West felons, asking one what crimes he had committed. “Stampeding cattle.” “That’s not much of a crime.” “Through the Vatican.” “Kinky. Sign here.” The third Mrs. Gingrich seems like a pleasant enough person. She does not have any particular qualification for an ambassadorship, much less an ambassadorship to the Holy See, where she would be responsible for a very specialized kind of diplomacy. She is presumably a sincere Catholic (Gingrich credits her with his own conversion), and she sings in the choirs at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. She majored in music at Luther College in Iowa. And she worked in government, for a time, eventually becoming the chief clerk for the House Agriculture Committee. This is a time of non-obvious career processions (say, from a reality-show performer with two porn-film appearances to president of the United States of America) but going from clerk on the ag committee — a decade ago — to the Vatican? One would want to see a good reason for that. Newt, for all his big-thinking virtues, is not that good reason. Newt Gingrich was an important figure in U.S. politics and will go down in the history books as one of the most consequential speakers of the House, up there with Sam Rayburn. He was also a man whose personal and political indiscipline undermined the Republicans’ ability to get very much done following the landslide election of 1994, which gave the GOP the chance to confront a diminished Bill Clinton with augmented forces. During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Gingrich led the effort to impeach the president while having an affair with the woman who would become the third Mrs. Gingrich. The second Mrs. Gingrich had become that after Gingrich had an affair with her while married to the first Mrs. Gingrich. Dick Armey, who was the No. 2 in the House GOP behind Gingrich, later told Marvin Olasky that President Clinton knew about the affair and essentially blackmailed Gingrich with it. Even setting aside the private questions of family, these things are not without consequences — not where the men entrusted with the government of the United States are concerned. Meditate upon the fact that a man who once invented an imaginary friend to lie to the New York press about his sex life — and who later named his youngest child after that imaginary friend — now controls a navy and a nuclear arsenal. It is easy to imagine how it is that President Trump has a blind spot when it comes to the propriety of dispatching Mrs. Gingrich to the Holy See. Gingrich has done a great deal to incorporate his wife into his wide-ranging punditry empire. She is identified as an author of books and a producer of films. None of this, even given the most generous interpretation, adds up to a Vatican ambassadorship. And some of it is more than a little embarrassing. During the campaign, some of my conservative friends who should have known better added their names to a list of “Scholars and Writers for Trump,” where they appeared alongside no less an intellectual luminary than Callista Gingrich, identified as co-author of Rediscovering God in America. The book cover identifies Newt Gingrich as the author of the book, “featuring the photography of Callista Gingrich.” So, there’s that. But what about the adultery? We ought to forgive, of course. God’s infinite grace, being infinite, certainly covers adultery, and any mortal man who ever has experienced a moment’s introspection must pray that he comes to know His mercy rather than His justice. Mea most maxima culpa and all that. Forgive, yes. Forget? For private citizens, surely. There remains within the Catholic tradition the issue of scandal, which means something different in the theology texts than it does in the New York Post. “Scandal” in the Catholic sense means setting a bad example, something that might lead to the spiritual ruin of another — “normalizing,” to take a word of the moment. King Henry II walked barefoot through the snow to pray at the tomb of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury as an act of public penance. I have a hard time imagining the Gingriches flying coach. In the service of realpolitik, exceptions are made. But Callista Gingrich is not Henry Kissinger. She is not an irreplaceable diplomat with unique gifts specially suited to her moment in history. She’s a former ag-committee clerk married to a retired politician turned Fox News pundit. We do not need to fit her for a scarlet letter, but there is no particular reason to dispatch her to the Holy See, either.

  2. Father Guido Sarducci: It would be more egregious and outrageous if it were not overshadowed by the absurdity of Bergoglio being pope with his reckless modernist agenda and climate change hysteria. Sometimes it’s better to look on the bright side. If Hillary had won Bill Maher, Hugh Hefner, or Bill Gates would be ambassador to the Vatican. Now the Pope will get to exercise his “who am I to judge?” mercy and modernist approval of divorce and remarriage while finger wagging about climate change at the same time. It’s a win-win situation for Bergoglio.

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