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The Knights of Columbus: Compromise Weakens the Witness

I have limited myself to Massachusetts politicians who are and have been Knights of Columbus. Pro-abortion “Catholic” Knights in the rest of the states, Joe Biden for example, can be multiplied in high numbers.

Concerning their commitment to the pro-life cause, the Knights of Columbus website posts this:

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Even more disturbing is this final point: “[T]he Order must be sensitive to the role of the bishops, with whom we stand in solidarity. If the public figure’s bishop has not excommunicated him for his public positions on issues relating to matters of faith and morals, it would be highly inappropriate for the Knights of Columbus to do so.” Not one US bishop has yet excommunicated a pro-abortion public figure posing as a Catholic, nor has anyone of them forbidden the priests of his diocese to give Holy Communion to public pro-aborts.

Pro-Abortion “Catholic” Politicians in Massachusetts Who Are Knights of Columbus

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The more militant Ancient Order of Hibernians, founded in Ireland in the seventeenth century, pre-existed the Knights of Columbus in the United States, having been established in New York City in 1836. These Irishmen, immigrants mostly, were not Americanist. They established the Order in New York specifically to fight the virulent Know-Nothings and kindred Nativists, who had two years before burned down the Ursuline convent in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and threatened to follow that up with burning down Saint Patrick’s in New York. In 1844, the Nativists would put to flames two Catholic churches and another convent in Philadelphia. The valiant Archbishop of New York, John Hughes, mobilized Hibernians and the hard-working faithful of the city to ward off the Know-Nothing threat in the 1840s. Hughes’ heroism at the time was legendary.

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In his 1995 Encyclical, St. John Paul II called on all Catholic faithful to bear witness to the Gospel of Life and to build the “civilization of life and love” (100). In keeping with this mission and our Order’s Catholic principles of charity, unity, and fraternity, the Knights of Columbus stands strong in its conviction that every human life is a gift of God, endowed with certain inalienable rights — the first among these being the right to life. Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, we believe that human life is sacred and inviolable, and ought to be defended with maximum determination. To this end, the Knights of Columbus supports policies that promote a Culture of Life and opposes legislative efforts that promote abortion, contraception, sterilization, cloning, the destruction of embryos, assisted suicide, euthanasia, unjust war, and the death penalty when there is an acceptable alternative.

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Although, as I have noted, the Knights call the organization an Order, they are not canonically erected as an association of lay Catholics under obedience to a bishop. From their website, they are simply identified as a Catholic “fraternal benefit society that has grown into a worldwide financial and charitable organization,” a non-profit 501c (8), registered as a corporation in Connecticut. From the time of its founding by Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882, the KOC affirms on its website that it is “dedicated to the mission of the Catholic Church.” Father McGivney established the Knights in New Haven, Connecticut, as a charitable corporation, to provide financial assistance to widows, orphans. and the poor, and to provide life insurance for members who choose to enroll in the program. McGivney also had the KOC provide assistance for sick members unable to work, i.e., disability. Poor Catholics were desperately in need of life insurance in the late 1800s and this was a program they could afford. To this day the Insurance Program of the KOC is top-ranked nationally and has received recurrent awards for being the most equitable of Life Insurance Companies. There are about two million members of the Knights of Columbus worldwide, belonging to one of 15,342 councils. Almost all members in the USA hold life insurance policies with the Order, although this is not mandatory. Even if one resigns from the Knights he can still maintain his policy. All that is required to be a member of the KOC is to be a Catholic male who pays his dues.

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A Knights of Columbus member from Virginia, John Collick, circulated by e-mail an essay by Father Richard Perozich of California, in which the priest urged Catholics not to be intimidated, to stand up for their values, and vote only for those who support the right to life, traditional marriage and Christian morality. Incredibly, Collick’s Grand Knight, on the instructions of Virginia State Advocate Anthony Fortunato, ordered Collick to cease distributing the e-mail, as it violated K of C prohibitions against politics in the Order! Fortunato claimed he consulted with the Supreme Advocate in New Haven before rendering his decision. (, October 22, 2010)