Concerned Roman Catholics of America (CRCOA) condemn the Knights of Columbus for their continuing failure to expel pro-abortion and pro-homosexual politicians.

MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 6, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Concerned Roman Catholics of America (CRCOA) condemn the Knights of Columbus for their continuing failure to expel pro-abortion and pro-homosexual politicians. The K of C are meeting in San Antonio, Texas for the 131st Supreme Council Annual Meeting (Supreme Convention) taking place at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Hotel from August 6-8, 2013.

Ken Fisher, Founder and Chairman of CRCOA, said:

“With 55 million abortions in the 40 years since Roe v. Wade in 1973, the Knights of Columbus has failed the unborn children miserably. Founded by Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney as a Catholic fraternal organization, the K of C ought to be a major force in the pro-life, pro-family movement. Instead, by sheltering pro-abortion politicians in its ranks, it has joined ‘the culture of death,’ as the late Pope John Paul II called it.

“K of C New York State Senators, Joe Addabbo and David Carlucci, cast crucial votes on 24/Jun/11 to pass Gay Marriage in NY. In 2004, K of C polls in the MA State House were crucial in defeating a measure – signed by 170,000 voters – to put One Man/One Woman Marriage on the ballot in 2008. Archbishops Sean O’Malley of Boston & Timothy Dolan of NY failed to condemn their brother K of C. Gay marriage is now in 13 states and DC.

“Perversely, the K of C has welcomed to its ranks a great number of pro-abortion and pro-homosexual politicians in exchange for a charitable tax-free status on its life insurance business. The charitable work is done, and most of the money is raised, by volunteer K of C members at local and state level — while Supreme Knight Carl Anderson received $1,788,875 in K of C compensation in 2012.

“Every year, at state and national level, the K of C pass resolutions denouncing pro-abortion politicians. These resolutions are just hot air put on paper.  We hear rhetorical speeches from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson telling us that the K of C will no longer tolerate pro-abortion politicians in their ranks, but have yet to see Anderson expel any pro-abortion or pro-homosexual politicians from the Order. The bishops, many of whom are K of C members, have not recently excommunicated a single pro-abortion or pro-homosexual politician!”

“The K of C have long boasted that they are ‘the strong right arm of the Catholic Church.’ This claim is clearly false. In his thirteen years as Supreme Knight, Anderson has failed unborn children and marriage repeatedly. He and the Supreme Board of Directors must resign now!”

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Father Michael J. McGivney Center of Hope and Healing Opens Its Doors

On August 14th, The Well of Mercy, a Father Michael J. McGivney Center of Hope and Healing, opened its’ doors to single pregnant women who choose life. Five mothers, three of which will give birth in the next 3 weeks, now have a home. We are a much needed extension of the Pregnancy Assistance Centers by providing transitional housing.

The Chicago center is the first of six Fr. Michael J. McGivney Centers of Hope and Healing to be established. Our goal is to open a center in each of the six dioceses in the State of Illinois. The Center is named after the founder of the Knights of Columbus, the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney.

On Sunday, September 23, we will have an open house and you are invited to visit our new home between the hours of noon and 4:00 PM. We are located at 6339 N. Fairfield Ave, Chicago. We have much to do to clean and renovate the facility and you may decide, after visiting, that you want to help us. Your time and talents are essential in the support of this mission. Visit us on September 23rd, see for yourself, The Holy Spirit may tap you on the shoulder and you may decide you want to help get involved and share in the joy of this new Catholic initiative. For more information visit us at www.mcgivneycenter.com or call us at (773) 889‐6470.

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Feast of the Annunciation Pro-Life Mass and Banquet with Bishop Daniel Conlon and Father “Rocky” Francis Hoffman from Relevant Radio – Saturday March 24, 2012

The Knights of Columbus will be holding
a Pro Life Mass and Fundraiser Banquet to benefit both
The Waterleaf Women’s Center located in Aurora, IL
and The Father Michael J. McGivney Women’s Center
located in Glenview, IL.

The event will be held at:
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
36 N. Ellsworth, Naperville, Illinois 60540

Date: March 24, 2012
Mass will begin at 5:00 pm.
The banquet dinner will follow, starting at 6:30pm.

The main celebrant and speaker for the evening
will be the Bishop of Joliet, Daniel Conlon.
4th degree Knights will provide the honor guard.

The key speaker for the event will be
Father “Rocky” Francis Hoffman of Relevant Radio’s
“Go Ask Your Father”.

Tickets are $50 per person. Bar is included.

Tickets and reservations:

Please email us at KofCProLifeBanquet@gmail.com
or mail your check, payable to The Knights of Columbus to:
Al Knoeck, 1030 E. North Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540.

Please call John Zabinski at 630-747-8439
for further information.

John Zabinski
Blanchette Assembly 3044 Pro-Life Director
Council 1369 Pro Life Director
Knights of Columbus

The 9th Annual Los Angeles March for Life is coming up on March 17, 2012

The 9th Annual Los Angeles March for Life
Welcome to the home page for the Los Angeles March for Life. We invite you to join us on March 17, 2012 to take a stand for the right to life for the unborn. The LA March is a ecumenical event that is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus, Van Nuys Council 3148. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the plight of the unborn and to raise funds that support pro-life causes in the San Fernando Valley.

Watch a slide show of the 5th Annual March for Life

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Coming up March 17, 2012: The 9th Annual Los Angeles March for Life


We invite you to join us on March 17, 2012 to take a stand for the right to life for the unborn. The LA March is a ecumenical event that is brought to you by the Knights of Columbus, Van Nuys Council 3148. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the plight of the unborn and to raise funds that support pro-life causes in the San Fernando Valley.

Watch a slide show

Visit the site

Latest flyer (PDF)

Bishops Ask Catholics to Take Action Against the President’s Birth Control/Abortion Mandate. This Site Makes It Easy!

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops would like to encourage every Knight of Columbus to take immediate action to support religious freedom and rights of conscience for Catholics and Catholic institutions.

The delegates at our 129th Supreme Convention in Denver in August unanimously passed a resolution pledging our support for freedom of conscience in health care. This resolution was in response to a rule recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requiring almost all private health plans to cover contraception and sterilization as “preventive services” for women.

The new rule would force insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive methods and sterilization procedures, including “emergency contraception” drugs that may cause an abortion by interfering with the implantation of a newly-conceived human being. More information is available on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website and in the NCHLA Action Alert regarding the Health and Human Services Contraceptive Mandate. The mandate will force individuals and groups with religious or moral objections to purchase and provide such coverage. The rule poses a serious threat to the religious freedom of both individuals and institutions.

The Department of Health and Human Service has established a period for public comment that ends on September 30th. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging Catholics to show their support for bi-partisan legislation, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179 / S.1467), which would ensure that federal mandates do not violate the deeply-held moral and religious convictions of our citizens.

The Knights of Columbus will always support religious freedom as a basic civil right. No persons or institutions should ever be forced to act in a manner contrary to their moral and religious beliefs.

The following link is available to everyone … whether or not they belong to the Knights of Columbus:

Email the Department of Health and Human Services

Supreme Court rejects challenge to “under God” in Pledge of Allegiance

June 14, 2011 – Flag Day

(NEW HAVEN, CONN.) – The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance, thus ending a seven year battle involving two separate cases, one originating in California and the other in New Hampshire. The Knights of Columbus, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, played a key role in defending the Pledge as a “defendant intervenor” in both cases.

“The Knights of Columbus is proud to have played a major role in successfully defending the constitutionality of the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said. “We were instrumental in persuading Congress to add those words to the Pledge in 1954, and they express a fundamental belief that we have held as a nation since our founding, that we ‘are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights.’ The notion that this somehow violates the First Amendment has now been soundly rejected by both the First and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court has now allowed both decisions to stand. It is a victory for common sense.”

The Ninth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Pledge in March 2010 and the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the California case in March 2011. The First Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Pledge in November 2011 and the Supreme Court denied certiorari in that case yesterday, June 13, 2011.

Annual Los Angeles March for Life draws hundreds of walkers in Encino

This year’s March for Life was dedicated to Knights of Columbus member, Charlie Howe, 94, event co-founder who died Feb. 23. The program opened with joyful pro-life singing and dancing performed by the St. Genevieve High School Choir directed by Rose Corpuz.

Guest speakers included pro-life leaders Father Denis Wilde, Priests for Life, New York; Joe Langfeld, Human Life Alliance, Minnesota; Nancy Corbett, Pregnancy Counseling Center, Mission Hills; and Jennifer Ford, Louisville High School student.

Leading the walkers were Father Wilde and Knights Tom O’Malley, Nick Bryan, John Riordan and John Costello, March for Life co-founder. It was later announced at the end of the walk that thousands of dollars were raised during this year’s MFL, which will go to fund the Pregnancy Counseling Center as well as other pro-life ministries.

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Knights: The Susan G. Komen Foundation encourages affiliates to give money to Planned Parenthood.

After reviewing the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s relationship with Planned Parenthood, the State Deputy of the Michigan Jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus ruled that no Knights of Columbus council in Michigan can raise money for or affiliate itself with Komen.

The Komen Foundation admits to encouraging affiliates to give money to Planned Parenthood, America’s leading abortion business, and its chapters gave Planned Parenthood $731,303  in 2009 and have given the abortion business $3.3 million from 2004-2009, according to its own figures.

Kenneth Unterbrink of the Knights of Columbus, in a February letter, writes, “We, as Knights of Columbus, have publicly stated our opposition to abortion and embryonic stem cell research. By their own admission, Komen supports Planned Parenthood, and they plan to continue their support for Planned Parenthood.”

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Complete Report: 8th Annual Los Angeles MARCH FOR LIFE


March  12,  2011
By:  John Costello, PGK

The 8th Los Angeles March for Life directed by Knights of Columbus, Van Nuys Council 3148 attracted hundreds of walkers in a rally/walk to end abortion. The program started with the Cherubim Choir from St. Genevieve High School led by Rose Corpus. They entertained the audience with joyful pro-life singing and dancing.

Nick Bryan, Chairman, LA March for Life directed a festive, successful event. John Costello, PGK, Co-founder LA MFL, dedicated the March to Co-founder and brother knight Charlie Howe who died on February 23, 2011 at age 94. Costello introduced national pro-life leaders FR. Denis Wilde, professional pianist, Priest for Life (New York), Joe Langfeld, Human Life Alliance (Minnesota), Nancy Corbett, Pregnancy Counseling Center (Mission Hills, CA) Jennifer Ford, student Lousiville High School and Guyla Mills -Abortion Recovery (Orange County).

Serving as backdrop for guest speakers was the Mobile Ultrasound Clinic, a colorful 36-foot RV fully equipped with an ultrasound machine. Pastor David Wilkinson, Director of Community Pregnancy Clinic of Simi Valley parks the mobile clinic in front of abortion clinics to allow pregnant mothers to see their baby.

After the 2-mile walk down Ventura Boulevard, Guyal Mills shared an inspiring testimonial about the real effects of abortion. Father Denis and Father Ken picked 4 Raffle winners names who were awarded cash prizes. Brother knights Nick and Cass said thousands of dollars were raised from this march for PCC and local pro-life ministries.

Special thanks to all who made our 8th LA March for Life a success. They include all the local churches and Knights of Columbus Councils, especially, Tom O’Malley, Grand Night, Primo Sumagaysay, Grand Knight, Father Wilde and Msgr. Bell, Juan Flores and brother Mike for fantastic video and photography.


The purpose of the Los Angeles March for Life is to raise awareness. First, we want to inform women struggling with this decision that there are real “choices” that exist other than killing a precious, innocent child and there are local organizations who will help with these choices. Second, we want people to become aware of the sanctity of life. We see life from a Christina perspective that God creates it and that it is a gift from God. Third, we want the people in one of the most prodigious abortion states to know that there are those of us who do not agree with the killing of over 54 million innocent lives since 1973.

With that said, the LA March for Life is a celebration of life, not a protest. We are a peaceful group, marching in solidarity and speaking for the voiceless children who have already suffered and standing in support of those who might be saved in the future.

Please support 40 Days for Life and come join us for the 9th LA March for Life on Saturday, March 13, 2012. For information: visit http:www.lamarchforlife.org

Join the L.A. March for Life – Saturday, March 12, 2011

History of the Los Angeles March for Life:

Members of the Knights of Columbus, Van Nuys Council 3148, have always been active in the Pro-Life movement. In recent years, however, we became active in fundraising for pro-life causes under the direction of Brother Charles Howe. Brother Howe has raised thousands of dollars for pro-life activities and through his efforts, connected the Van Nuys council with the Pregnancy Counseling Center of Mission Hills.

Plans for the first March for Life started in May of 2003. Past Grand Knight John Riordan, Pro-life Chairman and Past Grand Knight John Costello and Julie Ball, Director of the Pregnancy Counseling Center started planning the March and through their efforts and the efforts of the members of the Van Nuys council the first annual March for Life was held in Los Angeles in March of 2004.

What is the purpose of the LA March for Life?

The purpose of the Los Angeles March for Life is to raise awareness. First, we want inform women struggling with this decision that there are real “choices” that exists other than killing a precious, innocent child and that there are local organizations who will help them with these choices. Second, we want people to become more aware of the sanctity of life. We see life from the Christian perspective that God creates it and that it is a gift from God. Third, we want the people in one of the most prodigious abortion states to know that there are those of us who do not agree with the killing of over 50 million innocent lives since 1973.

With that said, the LA March for Life is a celebration of life, not a protest. We are a peaceful group, marching in solidarity and speaking for the voiceless children who have already suffered and standing in support of those who might be saved in the future.

Who can attend the March?

The LAMFL is a festive family event involving children, adolescents and adults. While the Knights of Columbus is a Catholic organization, this event is inclusive of all faiths. Anyone who believes that life is precious and supports saving the lives of the innocent children taken by abortion is welcome to participate

Details/Schedule of Events:

8th Annual LA March For Life Program:

St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church,15520 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436-3108 (Parking Lot)

-Sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Van Nuys Council

Saturday, March 12, 2011

8:00 AM Registration – Introduction of Entertainers and St. Genevieve Choir

Tom O’Malley, Jr. Grand Knight

Nick Bryan, MFL Chair, John Riordan, PGK, John Costello, PGK lamlf Co-founders…tribute To Charlie Howe Co-founder

Tables

MFL-Registration, Priests for Life, Human Life Alliance, Silent No More, Survivors, KC membership, MFL-hats, donuts, coffee, water

8:55 AM Welcome – Opening Prayer – Introduction of national Guest Speakers

Tom O’Malley, GK, Nick Bryan MFL Chair, John Riordan, PGK, John Costello, PGK http://www.LAMarchForLife.org Co-founders

FR. Denis Wilde, professional pianist, Priests for Life (New York), Joe Langfeld, Human Life Alliance (Minnesota), Guyla Mills, Silent No

More, Orange County, Nancy Corbett, Pregnancy Counseling Center (Mission Hills)

9:00 AM MFL -RALLY led by Tom O’Malley, GK, Nick Bryan, Fr. Denis Wilde, John Riordan, John Costello and Guest Speakers

Guest speakers will talk about their organization, Pro-life and March for Life issues, testimonials…

10:00 AM MFL – Two-mile walk down Ventura Blvd. led by Tom O’Malley, Fr. Denis Wilde, Nick Bryan, John Riordan, John Costello

11:00 AM – Guyla Mills, Silent no More – Testimonials

11:35 AM – Closing Prayer

– California leads the nation with over 200 thousand abortions per year. One LA abortion doctor earns 10K per day

– There is sadly no more dangerous place to live than in the womb. A priest needs to be at the front, side by side and supporting his flock in this battle for life. Ours is not an option to wait for someone else to come along. FR. Denis Wilde, Priest for Life -2011

-We must promote a culture of life and sanctity of life. Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II 1997

-Since Roe v. Wade in the past 30 years most Christians have done little or nothing to stop abortion. Dr. D. James Kennedy -2003

-There is strength in unity. There is strength in numbers.

-All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Edmund Burke -1774

Los Angeles March for Life Mailing Address/Contacts:

14450 Valerio Street

Van Nuys, CA 91405

LA March for Life Chairman – Nick Bryan (818) 789-3237

Co-Founder March For Life Activity – John Costello, PGK (949) 285-8918 JOHNCNEB@aol.com

www.LAMarchForLife.org

38th March for Life in Washington, DC: Spiritually energizing for Knights of the Van Nuys KofC Council and 400,000 others!


by John Costello, PGK

Huge numbers braved the cold of a Washington winter to celebrate life, save unborn children, and call for an end to Roe v. Wade.

For the third time I represented Knights of Columbus, Van Nuys Council 3148 and attended the 38th annual March for Life in Washington, DC, held on January 24, 2011.

The whole journey from start to finish was made spiritually energizing and joyful by over 500 priests, seminarians and over 300 thousand children, teenagers and 20-year olds

This year I attended MFL with over 200 people on a 14-hour bus ride, and 4 buses from the Diocese of Joliet, near Chicago.  Our pilgrimage was led by Bishop Joseph Siegel and Father Thomas Milota, Diocese of Joliet.   My bus had 30 teens from age 14 to 19.

On Sunday, our 200 marchers had a wonderful hot breakfast and by luck I sat next to Bishop Siegel.  I gave Bishop Siegel a flyer for our 8th LA March for Life and told him I am with the Knights of Columbus, Van Nuys Council.  Bishop Siegel then told me he is a 4th degree knight and is the current Illinois State Chaplain.  He is very warm and friendly.

After breakfast we walked to the Holocaust Museum and I was blessed to walk and talk again with the Bishop.  Then Sunday night we went to Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  It is the largest Catholic Church in North America.  Mass started at 6:30 pm and it took 45 minutes for the over 500 priests, seminarians, bishops and cardinals to walk in before mass started.  Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, was the Principal Celebrant and Homilist.

I was so spiritually energized and happy to see 500 priests and over 6 thousand youth and adults at this mass.   Cardinal DiNardo said, Pope John Paul said we should be a luminous conscience.”  …”to the young people here –be Pro-Life witnesses to your families and friends.”

On Monday, January 24, it was a cold 19 degrees as our group braved the cold and walked from Holiday Inn to the March for Life Rally and 38th March for Life.

Nellie Gray, Director of MFL for 38 years, led the 2-hour Rally and March. Fifty-two members of Congress and one Senator came to tell their concern for unborn and pledge their support to overturn Roe. V. Wade.  There were Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Jews, Lutherans, Anglicans.  Silent No More had a huge crowd. SNM’s founder, Georgette Forney said, “Take our experience…it’s not a good solution…we’re here to tell you the product is not good.”

Georgette’s comment reminded me of my favorite quote from brother knight John Riordan, PGK who once said, “Abortion is not a good thing…it’s an ugly thing.”

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) was the first to speak. He stated, “America got a wake-up call last week with arrest of abortionist in Philadelphia who was charged with killing a woman and seven babies who were aborted, briefly survived then killed with scissors. They know the only thing the multibillion abortion industry produces is victims and women deserve better than abortion.”

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) said, “We have 100 new freshman in Congress and 90 percent are Pro-Life.”

Bobby Schilling (R-IL): “We have 10 children.” Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) SAID: “The greatest civilizations have a moral code that respects life from beginning to end.” Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE): “You know abortion is not healthcare.” Steve Chabot:  (R-OH): “I am the  author of bill against  Partial-birth abortion.” Mike Spence (R-OH): “We are going to end Title X.  We will deny funding to Planned Parenthood.” Phil Roe, MD (R-TN): “I have delivered over five thousand babies.”

Pastor Luke Robinson from Quinn Chapel AME Church, Frederick, MD spoke loud, and with passion: “72 percent of pregnancies of 17 year-old girls in U.S. end in the killing of unborn babies.  Where is Jesse Jackson?  Where is Al Sharpton?  Where is the African American church.  We must stop the lie.  We have killed over 53 million children since Roe v. Wade. May this Congress have the guts to de-fund Planned Parenthood.”

After the Rally I walked with 400,000 marchers down Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court Building.  I met marchers from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Florida,  New Orleans, New Jersey, New York and many other states.  Ninety percent of the 400 thousand were teenagers and 20 year-olds. I attended college football games at Rose Bowl with 100,000 fans.  This crowd was 3 to 4 times that size.

My take away memory for this 38th MFL, after talking with many marchers, is that we are all energized by the huge number of youth, over 500 priests, religious, clergy and seminarians.  Back in California, Nebraska and Illinois when you pray the rosary with 3 or 4 others in front of abortion clinics, you wonder if anyone cares about Pro-Life.  After attending this 38th MFL you know there are many Americans who are dedicated and who definitely do care.

During my stay in Washington, DC I was blessed to have a roommate, named Franklin, who is a third-year seminarian from Bolivia.   Thank you Nellie Gary, Bishop Siegel, Father Milota and all of our brother knights and family for being rescuers of unborn, innocent babies.

Please support our 2011 – 8th Los Angeles March for Life – Saturday, March 12, 2011 – at St. Cyril’s Church, Encino, California.

www.lamarchforlife.org

Over 1000 Attend Funeral Rites for 17 Aborted Infants Thrown In Trash


Glorious—Moving—an Inspiration are words that  only begin to describe the funeral rites held Saturday, November 20th  for 17 victims of abortion—whose remains were pulled from the Womans Choice abortion clinic trash dumpster earlier this year.


More than 1000 mourners packed St. Mary’s Cathedral in Lansing, MI as Bishop of Lansing, Earl Boyea presided at the funeral Mass with several other priests con-celebrating with him.  An honor guard of 50 Knights of Columbus and seventeen children carrying roses were part of the opening procession.


The remains of the infants were placed inside a single, pure white coffin, reflecting both the innocence and the human dignity of the aborted babies.


Immediately after Mass a funeral procession—two miles long, with a police escort, made its way through the streets of Lansing, past the State Capitol to nearby St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Several hundred people gathered at the gravesite as Bishop Boyea conducted the burial rite.

This ceremony afforded the opportunity for anyone who suffered the loss of a child to place a red rose on the aborted babies’ coffin.  Children assembled in a circle around a basket and helped release a white homing dove—which flew away as a sign of peace and hope.

When the white infant coffin was lowered into the ground, children gathered all around and then, taking turns, they even helped shovel dirt into the grave.

At last, these 17 victims of abortion were laid to rest.

Photos by Rich Mucha

(See  www.prolifesociety.com for additional information, photos, videos, and a detailed history of this case.)

Catholic faith resources from the Knights of Columbus

Is it possible to be a Catholic “knight” who favors not the protection, but the extermination of the helpless unborn? Evidently, yes.


The national directive from K of C leadership, warning local councils that they cannot suspend the membership of abortion supporters, is couched in neutral language, suggesting that any such move to oust a member must be approved at the very top levels of the fraternal order. But are the top leaders of the K of C ready to take action? To the best of my knowledge they have never yet ousted a member because of his support for abortion. If the local councils are forbidden to act, and the national leadership is unwilling to act, then the disgrace will continue: prominent men who support the killing of the unborn will be allowed to parade around in the guise of Catholic knighthood.

In his attempt to justify this policy of inaction, Supreme Advocate John Marrella writes: “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.” [The full text of the Marrella letter to the Massachusetts K of C leadership can be found below.]

Well, yes. It would be “highly inappropriate” for the Knights of Columbus to excommunicate a member. It would also be impossible.

The Knights do not have the authority to deprive their members of the sacraments, nor is anyone suggesting that they should do so. What some K of C members do suggest is that pro-abortion politicians should be deprived of the privileges of membership in a private fraternal organization.

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Knights of Columbus refuse to allow suspension of members who promote abortion, gay marriage

In a letter to the Massachusetts K of C leadership, Marrella declared that “a subordinate council may not impose fraternal discipline with respect to a public figure’s official actions on matters pertaining to faith and morals. Rather, any such discipline must be made by or at the direction of the Supreme Board of Directors.”

“We recognize that some of our members who are public figures may use their public position to advocate or support policy positions that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals,” Marrella conceded in his letter. He went on to admit that such public advocacy “contradicts the Catholic identity and mission of the Order.”

Nevertheless, the top legal official of the K of C said that any action taken against K of C members who are public figures would “necessarily affect the entire Order.” For that reason, he said, any disciplinary action should be taken by the group’s top leadership.

Marrella went on to say that the K of C would not go further than the American bishops in taking public action against members whose public stands conflict with Church moral teachings. “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,” he wrote.

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, which had supported the proposed resolution at the state convention, decried the intervention by the top K of C office as an “abdication of responsibility.” C.J. Doyle, the executive director of the Catholic Action League, said: “This letter effectively kills any grassroots initiative within the Knights to address the scandal of pro-abortion pols in the Order.”

The Catholic Action League charged that the K of C’s refusal to take action against pro-abortion members would allow the continuation of a public scandal. “In the 37 years since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Board of Directors has never, to public knowledge, removed a single pro-abortion political figure from the Knights of Columbus,” Doyle noted. “In Massachusetts, a majority of Knights serving in the Legislature voted in 2007 against a constitutional amendment restoring traditional marriage, and voted in 2005 for a law which compels Catholic hospitals to distribute the so-called morning-after pill to rape victims.”

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Editor’s note: It should be noted that being excommunicated from the Catholic Church is a far different matter than being disciplined by or ejected from the Knights of Columbus. Excommunication can have a profound effect on one’s personal soul, while the Knights remain one of many Catholic organizations, in which membership remains essentially social, and purely optional.

The Knights collectively do much good work, have lots of political clout, and they also have the ability to write big checks, but when it comes to matters like this, they remain impotent, by choice.

It is the opinion/experience of this writer (who is also a member of the K of C) that qualifying for their life insurance products is more difficult than it ought to be, that the selection of insurance products offered is rather limited,  and that the price for K of C insurance tends to run substantially higher than the prices of other, virtually identical products, offered by similarly rated companies.

If anyone at the K of C wishes to provide proof to the contrary, I’ll be more than happy to publish it here.

The Parish Priest – In this “Year of the Priest”

If the Parish Priest preaches for over 10 minutes, he is long- winded.

If his sermon is short, he didn’t prepare for it.

If the Parish funds are low, he is a poor businessman.

If he mentions money,
he is money mad.

If he owns a good car, he is worldly.

If he doesn’t, he is a disgrace to the Parish.

If he speaks freely to his parishioners, he is a flirt.

If he doesn’t, he is snobbish.

If he is jovial, he is light-headed.

If he is serious, he is proud and unapproachable.

If he has raffles and drives, he is bleeding the people.

If he doesn’t, there isn’t enough social life in the Parish.

If he takes time in Confession to help sinners, he is too long.

If he doesn’t, he is not a good advisor.

If he starts Mass on time, his watch is fast.

If he starts Mass late, he is holding up the Congregation.

If he redecorates the Church, he is spending too much money. If he doesn’t, he is letting it run down.

If he is young, he is not experienced.

If he is old, he should retire.

If he dies, “You’d think he would have taken better care of his health.”

Submitted by Doria2

A PRAYER FOR OUR PRIESTS

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have
responded to your call to priestly ministry. Accept
this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with
the sure knowledge of your love. Open their hearts to the
power and consolation of the Holy Spirit. Lead them to new
depths of union with your Son. Increase in them profound
faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish,
strengthen and heal us.
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire
us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as
men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.
O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your
maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of
your Son. Intercede for our priests that, offering the
Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each
day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. Amen.
St. John Vianney, universal patron of priests,
pray for us and our priests.

Prayer courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

Novena for Pope Benedict begins on Divine Mercy Sunday, goes thru April 19th

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Knights of Columbus leader named to Vatican bank supervisory panel

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The head of the Knights of Columbus has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-member council that supervises the activities of the Vatican bank.

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, who heads the 1.7 million-member fraternal organization, was among three new council members announced by the Vatican Sept. 23.

“I am honored to have been selected to be a member of the board of superintendents of the Vatican’s Institute for Works of Religion (IOR),” Anderson said. “I hope that my experience in working with the Vatican on a variety of issues over the past decade, and my work in the business and financial sector — as Supreme Knight and Chief Executive Officer of the Knights of Columbus — will enable me to contribute to the success of the IOR’s many important initiatives.”

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FAMILY DIVINE MERCY and ROSARY PRAYER SERVICE – October 11th, 3PM, Naperville, IL

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In gratitude to our Lord Jesus Christ
and our Most Blessed Mother Mary,

Naperville Knights of Columbus Council 1369
cordially invites all families to its inaugural
FAMILY DIVINE MERCY & ROSARY PRAYER SERVICE

WITH EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION

OFFERED BY FATHER DONG BUI

WHERE:  SS. PETER & PAUL CHURCH, NAPERVILLE, IL

WHEN:  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2009

TIME:  PROMPTLY @ 3:00 PMTHE HOUR OF MERCY

BRING:  A BLESSED ROSARY AND A HUMBLE HEART

RECEPTION TO FOLLOW UNTIL 4:30 PM
*   MINISTRY CENTER LOWER LEVEL

PLEASE BRING A LIGHT SNACK TO SHARE!