So the Knights of Columbus won't go further than the bishops go. If the bishop hasn't excommunicated Senator Mengele, the Knights won't suspend his membership. If the bishops say it's OK, it's OK with the Knights.
So if the K of C had been active in England in the 1530s, following the same policies, would they have followed their bishops' lead in accepting the title of King Henry VIII as legitimate head of the Church in England? Or would they have supported a lonely layman who rejected that claim?
Thomas More, you will recall, was a Knight-- although not of Columbus. Today he's generally known by another title, having gained membership in a still more elite fraternity.
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Posted by: Bigs2480 -
May. 26, 2010 10:13 AM ET USA
I am 30 years old and am discerning to join the KoC. This decision is giving me serious pause. I know the KoC would like to get younger men to join, but this type of thing will be a serious deterrent. For young Catholic men we tend to be either seriously orthodox or not interested in the Catholic Church at all. Men are looking for bravery, sacrifice, and a challenge. We are not interested in "pastoral" approaches that, despite good intentions, simply confuse or deceive the faithful.
Posted by: ltluca7192 -
May. 25, 2010 9:18 PM ET USA
Pertaning to this matter of the K of C not suspending membership to 'high profile' members (politicians) I recently sent a letter addressed to the Supreme Knight Carl Anderson about this situation. I am not of the stripe of those who will automatically cancel their membership or refuse to put any money in the basket when I see discrepancies in the Catholic Church; but I did tell that I was confused. A membership can be cancelled when dues are not paid and when catholic doctrine is not followed.