Watch the video below. If you’re a faithful Knight in the United States, you should fight this cowardice with all your might.
If you’re a Knight in Canada, make sure this doesn’t happen here.
Remember that you have taken an oath to defend the Faith. I admire the work you do. Keep up the good work by standing against this wavering on the part of the leadershiop.
The gist of the controversy is that the leadership of the Knights of Columbus is forbidding state and local councils from suspending a Knight who becomes a politician and votes in a manner that is contrary to Church teaching, such as voting for abortion bills. The excuse of the leadership is that they defer that matter to the local bishop. “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.”
In practice, this means that if cowardly bishops refuse to publicly reproach a pro-abort Knight politician, then the Knights won’t suspend him. We know by experience that very few bishops have the guts to take a stand against pro-abort Catholic politicians. So the Knights are now going to follow in their footsteps.
What the leaders of the Knights fail to recognize, however, is that the Vatican has seen this apathy on the part of the bishops and has overridden them through various public statements. One of the most powerful of these statements was the letter written by Cardinal Ratzinger to the U.S. bishop in 2004 which stated that any politician who supports grave evil like abortion or euthanasia is unworthy to receive communion. In other words, even if the local bishop is too chicken to say it, the Vatican is shouting the truth from the rooftops.
The Knights should be listening to the voice of the Vatican rather than hiding behind the silence of cowardly bishops.
The Knights of Columbus have been a solid presence in the Church for a long time. We should not let the wavering leadership taint this great contribution and dilute what the Knights stand for.