Fr. Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic fraternal order, in the basement of St. Mary's Church, New Haven, CT in 1882. The principles are Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Membership is predominantly laymen. Priests have free life membership. A third of the 1.8 million members buy insurance. The K of C gave a record $154 million to charity in 2010, with $125 million of it coming from local/State Councils. KofC.org/un/en/resources/Conv/2011/Charity.pdf
Just $3 million (only 2%) of K of C donations in 2010 went to Pro-Life! (an increase of $1.1m from 2009, thanks to pressure from readers). However, the K of C Museum in New Haven received $3.2m.
K of C claims to be the “Strong right arm of the Church” and to be Pro-Life! This was true when John McDevitt was Supreme Knight (1964-1977). Carl Anderson ($1,521,410/yr***), SK since 2000, fails to suspend/expel the many Pro-Abortion/Pro-Homosexual K of C pols. His 2010 Supreme Knight Message to State Conventions video never mentioned the Right to Life or Marriage. This is very grave, given that he is a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the Pontifical Council for the Family and is a USCCB Pro-Life Committee consultant. Dennis Savoie, the Deputy Supreme Knight, receives $493,586/yr. ***All Salaries/Compensation from K of C reports to Nebraska Department of Insurance.
Virgil Dechant, SK 1977-2000, & K of C Board of Dirs. “refused to capitulate” to Pro-Life Catholics who criticized the Order for not expelling “pro-choice” pols (Faith and Fraternalism 1992, P451, the K of C Official History). He received a $2,164,805 golden handshake on retirement! As a Past SK, Dechant is a lifetime Supreme Dir. In 2005, at the Supreme Con. in Chicago, he told Ken Fisher, Pres. of Concerned Roman Catholics of America (CRCOA), that Pro-Abortion pols will “never” be expelled.
K of C Archbishop Timothy Dolan of NY (Cardinal, 18/Feb/12), Pres. of U.S. Conf. of Cath. Bishops (USCCB), ought to be well-informed, but claimed he was “deceived” about the threat of Gay Marriage - which was already in 5 states : CT, IA, MA, NH, VT; also DC (introduced, later defeated in CA, ME)! http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/we-were-deceived-on-new-york-gay-marriage-vote-archbishop-dolan
Yet, after K of C State Sens Joe Addabbo & David Carlucci cast the crucial votes on 24/Jun/11 to pass Gay Marriage in NY (33-29), Abp. Dolan made NO statement condemning his traitor K of C brothers!
Dick Guerriero, MA State Deputy 2004-06, failed to suspend Pro-Abortion/Pro-Gay pols, but he signed an Open Letter of 11/Jan/07 endorsing Mitt Romney* (R), who, as Governor - without any change in the law - introduced Gay Marriage licenses on 17/May/04. On 14/Jun/07, the heavily-Catholic MA Legislature, meeting in Con-Con, voted to defeat the efforts of 170,000 voter signatories to place one man/one woman marriage on the ’08 ballot. SD Rumasuglia: “Our membership has continued to spiral downward” (Baystate Knightline, Summer 2007). Republicans (R), others Dems. *MassResistance.org
At least 16 Massachusetts K of C pols caused the defeat;10 italicized have top Planned Parenthood ratings (PPLMVotes.org): Speaker Sal DiMasi (sentenced to 8 years for kickback scheme, 9/Sep/11), House Majority Leader John Rogers, Rep Garret Bradley, Bob DeLeo (now Speaker), Stephen DiNatale, Chris Donelan, Chris Fallon**, Kevin Honan, Paul McMurtry, Charles Murphy, Bob Nyman, Angelo Puppolo**, Bob Spellane; Senators Michael Knapik (R) (PGK), Tom McGee, Michael Morrissey (Mass.Gov). **Masons. For centuries, Catholics have been forbidden to join the Masons!
These K of C Reps voted $750k for Gay Programs in MA public schools. Senators voted an increase to $850k on 22/May/08. In July ’08, they (except Puppolo) repealed a 1913 law, thus allowing same-sex couples from 50 states to marry in MA. By July ’09, 14 K of C pols had signed in support of an access-for-all-genders “Bathroom Bill” H. 1728.
Patrick Korten, VP for Communications, said that Pro-Abortion members are “few” and “irrelevant” (Boston Herald 11/Aug/07). Joe Mauro, Executive VP Agencies & Marketing ($386,321/yr, retired 2001), said on tape, circa 1991, that Pro-Lifers who were writing “thousands and thousands of letters” to K of C HQ seeking to expel Pro-Abortion members, are “...real fanatics out there, radicals...this is the ‘House Rule’...I, I’d prefer you kept silent on the issue (abortion)”.
Supreme Advocate (lawyer) John Marrella ($445,086/yr), wrote on 15/Apr/10 that subordinate councils may not discipline public figures. Marrella is opposing the K of C Charter Constitution and Laws SEC. 162., which specifies suspension by the State Deputy under SEC. 166. for Giving Scandal etc. No bishop, or any member of the clergy, is required to be involved in the suspension process!
Marrella wrote to NY K of C on 13/Jan/2010 - without any legal basis - that members, state/local councils must not contact pols on matters of faith/morals, except as “private citizens”. Marrella and MA SD Michael Baldner got awards from Bishop Arthur Kennedy, Rector of St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA, on 4/Dec/10. YouTube.com/user/RealCatholicTV?feature=mhee#p/u/0/ZZduFsbwN84
Fr. Bob Kickham, a Secretary to Cardinal Sean O’Malley, is the Associate K of C State Chaplain.
Bishops - like toothless tigers - fail to excommunicate Pro-Abortion/Pro-Homosexual pols and are silent on the many K of C failures. Supreme Chaplain Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, CT shamefully exploited Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration of Fr. Michael J. McGivney as Venerable, to be "a ringing affirmation of the Order he founded" (Columbia, May 2008).
K of C Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap. (http://issuu.com/actionfund/docs/ppfa_financials_2010_122711_web_vf?mode=window&viewMode=doublePage
Cdl. O’Malley gave Pro-Abortion/Pro-Gay Sen. Ted Kennedy a hero's funeral on 29/Aug/09. He allowed a Gay Mass at St. Cecilia’s (10/Jul/11) youtube.com/watch?v=2lKF0Fz4nZQ&feature=related and advertised “HOLY WEEK 2010” in Bay Windows, New England’s largest Gay (GLBT) paper. He gave NO money to the Catholic Church campaign which helped overturn Gay Marriage in Maine in ’09.
Cardinal O’Malley wasn’t among the 83 US bishops who protested President Barack Obama as Notre Dame’s Commencement Speaker/Awardee in ’09 (LifeSiteNews.com). In Dec ’05, he allowed Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston to give an award to Boston Mayor Tom Menino, a Pro-Abortion Catholic who attends the Gay Pride Parade every June. Fr. Walter Cuenin, K of C, promoted the parade. Boston City Councilors Michael Flaherty & John Tobin, both K of C, marched. The Faithful Departed, Phil Lawler’s book, gives insight into the corruption & going-out-of business sale CatholicCulture.org
Emilio Moure, State Advocate, sabotaged a California K of C resolution to suspend Pro-Abortion pols (CalCatholic.com). While CA State Deputy, he was promoted to Supreme Director, later to Supreme Treasurer, and on 1/Sep/10, Supreme Secretary ($321,180/yr)! He died on 23/Jul/11. Pray for his soul.
Ray Flynn, former Boston Mayor, former Ambassador to the Vatican, endorsed Pro-Abortion/Pro-Gay Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary (Boston Herald 6/Feb/08), then went to work in her campaign! He is a member of Council 271 in S. Boston, which has a Mason “BROTHERHOOD” cornerstone at the front! Flynn signed an Open Letter in ’11 praising Mitt Romney.
Paul Devin, K of C Supreme Advocate, who gave money to Pro-Abortion pols Ted & Joe Kennedy (OpenSecrets.org), ruled a MA K of C State Convention resolution by GK/FDD Joe Craven to suspend Pro-Abortion/Pro-Gay pols to be “unconstitutional” (4/May/08). Disgraced, Devin retired Feb ’09.
Joe Reilly, K of C, President of Massachusetts Citizens For Life (MCFL) (2006-2007), & his wife Evelyn, - a lobbyist for Mass Family Institute (MFI) - tried to remove me as a MCFL Director in ’07 because I exposed Pro-Abortion K of C pols! Joe Reilly signed the ’07 and ’11 Open Letters supporting Mitt Romney, who, as Gov., unilaterally introduced Gay Marriage on 17/May/04. Romney gave MCFL $15K in ’06, and they gave him a “Political Leadership Award” in ’07! MCFL is a state affiliate of National Right to Life (NRLC) http://massresistance.org/docs/events07/mcfl_dinner_0511/index.html
On 12/Apr/2012, MCFL’s Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsed Romney for U.S. President.
EWTN, March for Life, & Sisters of Life betray unborn children when they give prominence to K of C leaders who welcome Pro-Abortion/Pro-Homosexual pols in exchange for tax exemption.
Rodney Shropshire, K of C General Agent, often showed great hostility towards my Pro-Life work. He moved me to a small, poor territory (I was in the top third as an Insurance Field Agent: Lancer E. Division Report, y-t-d June ’99). In Jan 2000, Rodney Shropshire terminated my contract as a “failure”.
Tom Smith, VP Agencies, ($513,911/yr), countersigned Shropshire’s lie. SKs Virgil Dechant and Carl Anderson didn’t answer my letters.
Supreme Treasurer Deacon Ken Ryan ($208,181/yr, retired April 2006) wrote lies about me, and then claimed that his signed letter on his K of C paper wasn't his!
Tom Ledbetter, MA SD 2001-04, suspended my membership on 18/Jun/2004 for Scandal, Slander and Publishing Detrimental Matter - without producing any evidence! My appeal was rejected as “late” by Supreme Advocate Paul Devin ($387,130/yr), and later by the Supreme Board of Dirs. at a show trial held without my knowledge. All lied. My suspension is still in force - showing SK Anderson’s hostility!
The Vatican fails to supervise the K of C. Please write to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Palace, 00120 Vatican City. Advise him of the situation.
E-mail: Vatican Press Office: Carl.Anderson@KOFC.org
PH: Supreme Knight Carl Anderson 800-380-9995, FAX 203-752-4118.
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