By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 06, 2008

Imagine if this year millions of Catholic voters simply say 'no' -- no to every candidate of every political party who supports abortion.

A beautiful thought. And it gets better:

It's time we stop accommodating pro-abortion politicians, and it's time we start demanding that they accommodate us.

This excellent advice comes from Carl Anderson, Supreme Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, in his annual report at the group's convention. It's such good advice, in fact, that we should hear it again:

It's time we stop accommodating pro-abortion politicians, and it's time we start demanding that they accommodate us.

So the next time a pro-abortion politician applies for membership, will the K of C accommodate him? What about membership renewals? To date the K of C has found room for members who consistently vote for abortion, stem-cell research, euthanasia, and gay marriage. Could that change? Let's get back to Anderson's speech:

And if we truly hope for a culture of life and a civilization of love, then we must first think, and then act, in new ways.


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  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2008 10:06 AM ET USA

    This issue came up last year in Massachusetts in light of the large number of "Catholic" politicians who belong to the KofC and yet support the farce that is same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. I'm sorry but Carl Anderson is all talk and no hat...

  • Posted by: - Aug. 07, 2008 9:35 PM ET USA

    From KofC VP for Communications Pat Korten says: "Unless and until the diocese or local parish or someone in the hierarchy decides they are no longer Catholic, that is not our determination to make. We as laymen do not presume to decide whether other laymen are Catholics or not...unless or until [the Church] define this individual otherwise, our rules give us no foundation to expel anyone." [maybe we should ask the Supreme Knight if he agrees with this statement?]

  • Posted by: - Aug. 07, 2008 1:50 PM ET USA

    A member must be a "practical" Catholic. This can be seen as one who follows the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. I'd say pro-abort, pro-homosexuality, etc. politicians would be excluded from membership because they are not "practical" Catholics. Although Knights would have to be loyal to the Holy See, I can't imagine a high Vatican official giving orders to the Knights. Though am sure there well could be US Bishops instructing them to retain certain scandalous members...

  • Posted by: - Aug. 07, 2008 3:44 AM ET USA

    That's the same thing I was going to ask. The Knights are a fraternal organization. I don't know whether priests can become members or not, but it is certainly not a religious order. Thus, I can't see that the Vatican has any authority to "order" them to do anything. Suggest, yes, urge, yes, but not "order." Am I wrong?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 07, 2008 1:34 AM ET USA

    No, I do not know the answer--though I do know that the Knights strive to be loyal to the Church; an order from the Vatican Sec. of State might be interpreted as an order from the Pope himself. A Catch-22 if there ever was one.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 06, 2008 10:23 PM ET USA

    Dear Dennis Mahon, A question, though you may not know the answer. Does the Vatican Sec. of State have that authority?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 06, 2008 2:21 PM ET USA

    It was my understanding, from reading Phillip Lawler's *The Faithful Departed*, that in 1990 the Vatican Secretary of State ordered the Knights not to expel any pro-abortion members without approval of Church authorities-authorities who, to the best of my knowledge, continue to remain silent. Has the situation changed?

  • Posted by: - Aug. 06, 2008 8:06 AM ET USA

    Sure, if the Knights of Columbus and our bishops would weed out the Ted Kennedys, pro-life, pro-Christian politicians could be elected in this country. And the likelihood of that happening is nil. In fact, Catholics will be providing the comfortable margins for Obama in November. Check the polls if you think otherwise.