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Supreme Knight denies rumor

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 30, 2004

With the Knights of Columbus meeting in Dallas, columnist Rod Dreher of the Dallas Morning News caught Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, and asked him whether it's true-- as the widespread rumor has it-- that the Vatican has instructed the KofC not to expel members who are public supporters of legal abortion.

Anderson's reply: "The Vatican hasn't told us anything about that."

Well then. Why doesn't the KofC expel proponents of abortion?

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  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Aug. 03, 2004 2:21 PM ET USA

    I left the KofC many yrs. ago because of them letting in poor catholics. However, recently here in MA the State Deputy suspended for life a G.K. and another member for inviting 2 Cath. Pro-abort Pols. come to an event to present honors to an idividual. Call the Supreme Knight and commend Thomas Ledbetter of MA.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 31, 2004 11:53 PM ET USA

    Plick: I must say you raise an interesting point. I don't belong to any Catholic social or service groups because I don't find any of them worthwhile. They seem to either be do-nothings or believe-nothings. I would rather join the Loyal Order of the Water Buffaloes. At least they don't have selling me insurance as their main mission. Or perhaps the No Homers...

  • Posted by: - Jul. 31, 2004 9:52 AM ET USA

    The Knights, who do very good things in my part of the country and have been a beacon of fidelity for many, have a little clerical housekeeping to do before expelling some of their lay members. Diogenes noted earlier this summer that their Tennessee state chaplain, Fr. Stephen Wolf, gave $2,000 to Kerry.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2004 7:52 PM ET USA

    The knights follow the example of the bishops: they talk a good enough game but do not mean what they say.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 30, 2004 6:32 PM ET USA

    How radical do you want anyone to get, Diogenes? You know very well that the Bishops of the USA haven't done "it" yet. For them (the K of C) to do "it" would be an overt act of contradiction to the Bishops (not that I wouldn't applaud of course). But as a matter of discipline, I don't ask anyone to "jump out of the plane" before I do. And I could wonder just what Catholic service and social groups all the REST of us belong to??? Signed, Your friend, "Not a joking matter"

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