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Knights of Columbus Pass Reso to Prohibit Pro-Abortion Politicians from Knights-Sponsored Events
Lifesite ^ | August 13, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien

Posted on 08/14/2007 9:37:41 AM PDT by NYer

NASHVILLE, August 13, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - At the Knights of Columbus 125th annual convention this week, the Order officially resolved to forbid pro-abortion politicians from attending their events. The Order also renewed its support for the traditional definition of marriage and called for the protection of conscience for people in the medical field.

During the final session of the Knights of Columbus convention at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on August 9, delegates passed the pro-life resolution, stating, "we reaffirm our long-standing policy of not inviting to any Knights of Columbus event, persons, especially public officials or candidates for public office, who do not support the legal protection of unborn children, or who advocate for the legalization of assisted suicide or euthanasia."

In addition, they resolved to continue "prohibiting such persons from renting or otherwise using facilities over which we have control, or speaking at Knights of Columbus events, or bestowing on them honors or privileges of our Order of any kind, or inviting them to serve as honorary chairpersons of events, celebrations, or committees, or hold any office in the Knights of Columbus."

In the same resolution, the Knights stated their official opposition to political moves towards allowing any scientific or clinical methods that jeopardize human life. They stated, "we renew our deep commitment to oppose any governmental action or policy that promotes abortion, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, euthanasia, assisted-suicide, and other offenses against life, and that we continue to speak out to our elected representatives about the need to enact legislation to oppose these practices and protect human life in all it stages."

With this in mind, the Knights also called for laws protecting medical professionals and Catholic hospitals from acting against their conscience. They resolved to work for "the adoption of laws that recognize and protect in law the right of conscience for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical personnel, guaranteeing that they may not be forced to provide medical services which violate their religious beliefs." They also resolved to "insist on similar protection for Catholic hospitals."

Inspired by Pope John Paul II's reminder (Evangelium Vitae) to grapple with the modern culture by means of proper moral formation, the Order committed to providing solid pro-life education within society. They stated, "We continue our efforts to inform, educate, and motivate, in a charitable manner, our elected officials, the public, and our own members about the importance of being consistently and unequivocally pro-life."

While condemning the evil of abortion, the Knights also compassionately supported its double victims-the unborn child and post-abortive mother. The Order resolved to "support programs that provide women facing crisis pregnancies with alternatives to abortion, including adoption," and to "support projects that provide spiritual support to those women suffering from the traumatic emotional and psychological after-effects of abortion."

Finally, they reaffirmed their commitment to "building a 'culture of life' by promoting policies that favor the family, and by recognizing that it is within strong and healthy families that moral values are taught and that the spiritual and cultural heritage of the nation is transmitted."

They concluded with a resolution to pray the rosary and do penance in reparation for the sins against life.

During the same convention, which marked the 125th anniversary of the Order which was founded in 1882, the Knights issued an official declaration in "Support for Natural Marriage," "Honoring Our Armed Forces," calling for "Decency in the Media and on the Internet," and a further commitment for the use of "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Order awarded their highest honor, the Gaudium et Spes award, to keynote speaker Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State. During the conference, the Cardinal promised to support the canonization of the Knights of Columbus founder Father Michael McGivney, Catholic World News reports. He also challenged members of the order to remain faithful to the faith of Christ as laymen in a secular world and to courageously spread the Gospel.

Read full Knights of Columbus Resolution:
http://www.kofc.org/un/eb/en/convention_2007/resolutions/lif...

Knights of Columbus support of natural marriage: http://www.kofc.org/un/eb/en/convention_2007/resolutions/mar...

Knights of Columbus resolution of decency in the media and Internet http://www.kofc.org/un/eb/en/convention_2007/resolutions/dec...




TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; catholicpoliticians; knights; knightsofcolumbus; kofc

1 posted on 08/14/2007 9:37:47 AM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 08/14/2007 9:38:18 AM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: NYer

Thank you Lord.


3 posted on 08/14/2007 9:43:26 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Eternal Rest grant unto Donna and let perpetual light shine upon her, rest in peace.)
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4 posted on 08/14/2007 9:43:41 AM PDT by rhinohunter
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To: NYer
This is the correct result. I think once the issue was put plainly to them (by the protestors earlier this week) the KC had no choice but to do this.

It is long past time to put a stop to politicians using the Catholic Church and its organizations to pass themselves off as Catholic in order to get votes -- when they don't believe in the most basic tenets of the Church and vote against them at every opportunity.

It's false advertising of the worst kind and creates a scandal in the Church.

5 posted on 08/14/2007 9:47:22 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: NYer

*bravo*!!


6 posted on 08/14/2007 9:55:29 AM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: NYer
Can someone who knows for sure, please explain to me why I was able to get nowhere with a complaint I had about a 4th degree Knight publicly supporting John Kerry? The man was listed as such on the “E” masthead of a website called Catholics 4 Kerry .org. His name escapes me now but, as the field coordinator of Catholics Against Kerry, I tried to get someone from the KoC to take action and was told there is no national governing body of the KoC as such and each Counsel would have to make its own decision. In other words there was nothing that could be done. I would never do anything to hurt this fine old organization, so I did not make an IRS complaint, but as far as I read the 501 rules, the KoC could lose its tax exemption if a member used his title in a political effort. More than this, such a member could be expelled for supporting a man who obviously is so hostile to the beliefs of the Catholic Church.
If you can explain these discrepancies I would love to be set straight.
7 posted on 08/14/2007 10:15:59 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Liberals are "American aliens", they were born IN America but they are not OF America.)
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WOW!


8 posted on 08/14/2007 11:57:37 AM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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9 posted on 08/14/2007 1:03:37 PM PDT by Coleus (Pro Deo et Patria)
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Very Nice.


10 posted on 08/14/2007 2:41:07 PM PDT by reagandemocrat (Proud member of the strong right arm of the Church)
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Can someone who knows for sure, please explain to me why I was able to get nowhere with a complaint I had about a 4th degree Knight publicly supporting John Kerry?

Pinging AlaninSA!

11 posted on 08/14/2007 5:01:39 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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I would say “Keep trying!”


12 posted on 08/14/2007 6:15:06 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer
Order officially resolved to forbid pro-abortion politicians from attending their events. The Order also renewed its support for the traditional definition of marriage and called for the protection of conscience for people in the medical field

Alleluia!

13 posted on 08/14/2007 6:41:29 PM PDT by Barnacle (Hunter 2008)
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I do have one question...

Was the Knight in question supporting Kerry in public while referencing (or otherwise demonstrating) that he was a 4th Degree Knight (or Knight at all)?

This is key.

The Knights do not engage in partisan politics. It’s a core tenet of the Order. We will not support candidates - but we will take positions on issues. You will not ever see the Knights endorse a candidate as an organization.

If the Knight in question was using the Order in his support of Kerry...then he was wrong. You can complain - but this is a tough road to travel, as it’s a difficult thing to prove. But...if you’d like to know how to pursue this further, please FReepmail me. I can’t promise to answer quickly...as I’m only on this forum once in a while, but I will respond.


14 posted on 08/14/2007 7:13:36 PM PDT by AlaninSA (In tabulario donationem feci.)
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15 posted on 08/14/2007 7:16:09 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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16 posted on 08/15/2007 5:16:37 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: jmaroneps37
Can someone who knows for sure, please explain to me why I was able to get nowhere with a complaint I had about a 4th degree Knight publicly supporting John Kerry?

Every council works differently. As far as policing politcal activism, if the guy was undercutting the Catholic position, then something should have been done. I can't answer in particular.

I know generally, that some guys were told wearing buttons at meetings was bad taste, and one guy was not invited to join when we found he was a CTA guy. I am a 4th degree too.
17 posted on 08/15/2007 5:54:18 AM PDT by Dominick ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." - JP II)
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To: NYer

BRAVO for the Knights!!!


18 posted on 08/15/2007 7:16:26 AM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: NYer

The Knights always get it right!

Too bad all those ultraliberal Catholic college presidents won’t do the same.


19 posted on 08/16/2007 11:49:58 AM PDT by Palladin (Judge Munley is a nincompoop.)
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20 posted on 10/05/2007 10:06:56 PM PDT by Coleus (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: AnAmericanMother
Dear AnAmericanMother,

“This is the correct result. I think once the issue was put plainly to them (by the protestors earlier this week) the KC had no choice but to do this.”

This has actually been the long-standing policy of the Order.

From the article:

we reaffirm our long-standing policy [emphasis added] of not inviting to any Knights of Columbus event, persons, especially public officials or candidates for public office, who do not support the legal protection of unborn children, or who advocate for the legalization of assisted suicide or euthanasia.”


sitetest

21 posted on 10/06/2007 5:55:29 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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