Aug 2, 2007

Catholics will tell Knights: Live up to Catholic and K of C ideals

Do you think Father Michael McGivney (pictured above), who founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 and whose cause for canonization is underway, would harbor pro-abortion, pro-homosexual politicians in the Order he loved?

We all know that he would not. So why do today's Knights of Columbus harbor some pro-aborts?

Yes, a number of K of C councils around the USA have notorious pro-abortion politicians as members, and their state officials and the Supreme headquarters refuse to kick them out.

Naturally, this casts a pall over the hundreds of thousands of good Knights of Columbus and over all the prayers they offer, donations they make and charitable service they provide.

So if you are going to be in Nashville next Tuesday-Thursday, August 7-9 , please join with our Southern California-based Concerned Roman Catholics of America in picketing the Knights' 2007 international convention. Or tell your friends and relatives in Nashville to help out.

The Christian Newswire today (August 2) ran a press release from CRCOA that announces the picketing. Our friend Kenneth M. Fisher, founder and chairman of CRCOA, said:

"We call upon the Knights, especially Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, to practice the Catholic principles they brag about upholding and kick out all the pro-'gay,' pro-abortion politicians they've welcomed into their ranks.

"It's long past time for the Knights to end the scandal of embracing pro-homosexual, pro- abortion politicians who trample on the Catholic moral teachings the organization says it stands for.

"Especially, the Knights should give the boot to the 16 Massachusetts state lawmakers--all Knights in good standing--whose votes recently killed a ballot measure that would've enshrined man-woman marriage in the law and banned homosexual so- called 'marriage.' These politicians overrode 170,000 citizens who petitioned to put traditional marriage on the ballot. What's more, seven of these 'Knights' have 'pro-choice' ratings from Planned Parenthood, which runs America's biggest chain of abortion centers."

Ken added:

"CRCOA defends orthodox Catholic teachings and works to expose and end false teachings, corruption and scandals. That's why we ask the Knights to clean house and restore their good name. How can they call themselves 'the strong right arm of the Church' when they harbor pro-homosexual, pro-abortion politicians--enemies of the Church--as members?...Anderson has been in charge for more than six years now. He should do his duty before God and expel the pro-'gay,' pro-abortion politicians--or head for the door himself."

This year, the Knights will meet at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. Ken said CRCOA will picket from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on August 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on August 8, and from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on August 9.

Please come help Ken and friends. As you know, every pro-life picket always needs every hand it can get. For more info, call Ken at: Tel: 714-491-2284, Cell: 714-260-3821


Anonymous Tim Lang said...

I am a third degree Knight of Columbus, Past Grand Knight and former district deputy. I have been an active member of the order for about 20 years in Ohio.

When I joined the Knights in my late twenties it was because of their support for people with mental retardation and the unborn.

I became active in the pro-life movement through the K of C. in particular praying the rosary outside of partial birth abortion pioneer, Martin Haskell's mill. It was one of our council's members that co-founded the crisis pregnancy center across the street from the mill. We have provided funds to help purhase an ultra-sound machine, material support for mothers etc.

It is scandalous that pro abort politicians are members of the order and even note their membership on campaign materials.

This problem seems to be greatest on the east and west coasts though it would not suprise me if there were CINO politicians from the midwest who were also members of the order.

The problem with giving the boot to a member is that the order needs to be told by the pastor or bishop that a member is not a "practical" Catholic then the council can boot him. Very few priests and bishops are willing to do this, do any readers of this blog think that Mahony would?

I would be in favor of a process where names and evidence could be submitted to the the Supreme Chaplain (currently Bishop Lori)for possible interdict, excommunication etc. This probably would not be allowed under Canon Law-a bishop disciplining a person not of his diocese.

I don't believe that any other organization spends more money or total man hours fighting the prolife fight.

The bottom line,is that Catholic laymen do not have the authority to excommunicate or interdict another layman. If the requriement for membership is a man be Catholic then we can not boot someone without the backing of the pastor or ultimately the Bishop of the offender.

There have been a couple of cases where after a great deal of effort pro-abort pols have been booted from their councils.

Please pray for the order.


9:44 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Tim,

Thank you very much for writing.

And thank you very much, too, for your years of dedicated pro-life and Catholic service in the Knights of Columbus.

You and your fellow Knights are shining examples of Catholic manhood for all you do to save babies and help moms.

May every Catholic man follow your example.

The thing with the pro-abortion politicians is this:

Who ever heard of an organization anywhere that could not expel its own members for bad conduct?

Yes, a man has to be a practicing Catholic to join the Knights. But it cannot be that the ONLY way he can be booted out is for a bishop to say he is no longer practicing.

Have the Knights never expelled anyone for any other reason, such as bad conduct? I bet they have.

That is not excommunicating a member from the Church or placing him under interdict -- only a bishop can do those things -- nor is it offering an opinion on his worthiness to receive Communion. It is simply saying he has been guilty of bad conduct.

You are so right and good to ask everyone to pray for the Knights. God bless!

5:16 PM  
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6:20 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Hoodlum,

Thanks for your research.

By the way, I'm told that in the Diocese of Brooklyn some years ago, a K of C council found out that a member was a Klansman! -- and he was bounced real fast.

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that we are able to expel practical Catholics who are also Mason's, which has been done, but cannot expel these people? Has some Bishop declared practical Catholics who are Masons to no longer be practical Catholics?

6:37 PM  

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