Over the years of blogging, I've heard many troubling stories from trustworthy and reputable Catholics about the Knights of Columbus. Most of them from ex-Knights.
Four themes emerge from their complaints on the local council level:
1. Using their apostolate to shill proabortion politician elections, often times intentionally sabotaging prolife politicians.
2. Refusing to defend the faith in situations when we could have used their help.
3. Using their apostolate to help the enemies of the faith.
4. When the above three things go awry, the hierarchy at National is useless.
In other words, it's pretty much followed the leadership of bishops in the Catholic Church.
I read a comment on MaryAnn's site that demonstrates and memorializes the slander and bullying that has become the ritual used against faithful Catholics in this climate, all the way to the Chair of Peter:
Harrry D. Carrozza,MD said...
Several years ago I literally begged our local Council to protest to our Pastor( who was also our Chaplain) that he should re-instate the reciting of the Creed at weekend Masses which he habitually omitted. Their response was tepid & I could not get their support. Thereafter, when the same Chaplain stated in an offensive ad-hominem attack on me in the local Diocesan paper regarding my letter to the editor supporting the over 150 Bishops' opposition to the ACA mandate I received support from only one Brother Knight. Where then is Chivalry ?? Can one be part of an organization where one does not get moral support in serious Church related activities? See you latter alligator!!
Harry D. Carrozza,MD,FACS.
President. Tucson Catholic Physicians Guild
Here's a guy that just wanted the priest to include the Creed during the Liturgy - as he is required to do - so Dr. Carrozza could pray it, and a chaplain at the Knights of Columbus couldn't bring himself to, in kindness, act upon that simple request to include the prayers of the Sacred Liturgy which he has no authority to omit. The Knights were useless and the chaplain eventually threw him under the wheels of the bus.
The typical humility, tenderness and mercy exercised to faithful Catholics a la Pope Francis.
In another shining example of the Pope Francis tenderness and mercy crowd, the principal of the school that withdrew his students from the parade over the recent controversy heard from the local Knights of Columbus leader at Our Lady of Lourdes in Carver. The message: 'get with the modern world'. Absolutely unacceptable conduct of a man representing the Knights of Columbus. Rev. Anthony Medairos, his pastor, is going to be hearing from me tomorrow.
The officers of the MA KofC say it was their intention to show up at the parade this year to 'showcase their values' and what would Pope Francis do (WWPFD)
What would Pope Francis do?
In an unprecedented and remarkable feat, after two years of his papacy, nobody knows what the pope would do or have us do.
He appoints people to teach values that contradict Church teaching. The people he appoints have repeatedly told us they are indeed Pope Francis' values and Pope Francis himself has asked us to be open to the contradictions, when the doodoo hits the fan, Mark Shea has appointed himself and a team at EWTN to make the astounding claim this is not what Pope Francis is telling us to do.
Elton John heard the messages of Pope Francis, thanked him for finally telling him what he wanted to hear and then married his longtime lover.
After listening to the cryptic messages and watching the appointments of heretics who tell us what Pope Francis would have us do, there is moral chaos in our families and world.
To be perfectly honest, most practicing Catholics don't want our children lined up on the streets while they are asked to clap for fornication and then be told 'WWPFD'. Pope Francis has jockeyed himself into the position of obscuring WWJD. While we are all expecting the schismatic shoe to drop in October, his team he has surrounded himself with is slandering, threatening and bullying faithful Catholics. The situation he has created in our families and in our apostolates has made it impossible to articulate and teach and practice our religion.
So in your great mercy and kindness, practicing Catholics would greatly appreciate not citing that ambiguous circus being put on by the Romans and tells us to line our children up on the streets and clap for fornication and tell us this is what Pope Francis would have us do.
I find it impossible to believe that the Knights of Columbus were nowhere to be found while our Veterans and defenders of the faith took on a tsunami of malice as they attempted to keep the 'showcase of Catholic values' into the St. Patrick's Day parade and as everyone is exiting in testimony against their intolerance and bigotry, they show up on the scene with their capes and swords to 'showcase their values'.
It's a non sequitur.
Moreover, the valiant men who fought the real battle to 'showcase Catholic values' in that parade are owed more respect.
What in blazes has the Knights of Columbus become?
One ex-Knight gave me this very poignant description:
The top layer is a money-making pyramid scheme that sells insurance.
The middle layer is a group who are in it to get mileage out of titles or the dramatic dog and pony shows with the capes and swords.
The bottom layer is a social club built around booze. They have their meetings and then go back to the bar.
Where is the Archbishop?
Where is Bishop Lori?
Where is Carl Anderson?