Gingrich: Ave Maria to help Catholic-based legal system replace left, secular judicial branch

Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and wife Callista share the stage at Ave Maria School of Law's 10th Anniversary celebration held at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples on Friday night, Nov. 19.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and wife Callista share the stage at Ave Maria School of Law's 10th Anniversary celebration held at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples on Friday night, Nov. 19.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gives a keynote speech on the importance of developing a Christian-based legal system in the U.S. at Ave Maria School of Law's 10th Anniversary celebration held at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gives a keynote speech on the importance of developing a Christian-based legal system in the U.S. at Ave Maria School of Law's 10th Anniversary celebration held at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.

— Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke of the importance Ave Maria School of Law will have in replacing the current liberal, secular legal system during the law school’s 10th Anniversary celebration held at the Naples Ritz Carlton Beach Resort on Friday night.

The potential 2012 presidential hopeful converted to Roman Catholicism in 2009, which is the same year the law school relocated from Ann Arbor, Mich., to Naples.

The law school’s students would be prepared to write the laws, defend the laws and defeat the left, Gingrich said. The modern, secular law, he said, can be seen every few minutes on TV.

“Ads on television, basically say ‘do you know somebody with money we could mug together?’ …Call…’” Gringrich said.

This school matters, he said, by replacing the “neutral technology for the redistribution of wealth” with a morally-based legal system.

“There is no such thing as a Supreme Court… Between the Executive and Legislative branches, the Judicial Branch is the weakest of the three branches,” Gingrich said. He described the Supreme Court, current Judicial Branch and U.S. legal system as an “arrogant, secular and elitist force.”

Gingrich was chosen as the keynote speaker for the school’s anniversary due to his continued support, said Ave Maria spokesman John Knowles.

“We like Newt because he’s a globally recognized person. He’s known around the world as an ideas person,” Knowles said.

The anniversary event was the largest fundraiser for the Ave Maria scholarship fund to date, Knowles said, estimating that the net amount of money raised will amount to six figures.

“It’s a great sense of accomplishment,” Knowles said of the 10-year milestone. “There were some who doubted we’d make it this far, but here we are.”

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