Fr. Michael 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 purchase the insurance benefits. The K of C gave a record $151 million to charity in 2009 - $116 million of it from local and state councils. Only $1.9 million (Down $1.5m from 2008) of $34.6 million in K of C HQ Charitable Contributions in 2009 went to Pro-Life, but the K of C Museum got almost treble - $5.6 million (Up $1.8m from 2008). K of C claim to be Pro-Life and to be the “Strong right arm of the Church”!
This was true when the late John McDevitt was Supreme Knight (1964-1977). Yet Carl Anderson ($1,179,762/yr), SK since 2000 fails to suspend/expel the many Pro-Abortion/Pro-Homosexual K of C pols. In his 2010 Supreme Knight Message to State Conventions video, Anderson 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 consultant to the USCCB’s Pro-Life Committee. On 14/Dec/2010, 2 cases alleging sex abuse of minors were filed against the K of C. One case alleged a cover-up.
SK Virgil Dechant (1977 to 2000. He received $2,164,805 on retirement!), and K of C Board of Directors “refused to capitulate” to Pro-Life Catholics who criticized the Order for not expelling “pro-choice” pols (official K of C history: Faith and Fraternalism, 1992, P451). As a Past SK, Dechant is a lifetime Supreme Director. In Aug 2005, he told Ken Fisher, President of Concerned Roman Catholics of America (CRCOA), that Pro-Abortion pols will “never” be expelled. 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 c. 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 ($236,733/yr), wrote on 15/Apr/10 that subordinate councils may not discipline public figures. This is contrary to the Charter Constitution and Laws SEC. 162., which specifies the penalty of suspension by the State Deputy under SEC. 166. for Giving Scandal etc. No bishop is involved! On 13/Jan/10, without legal basis, he directed that members, state and local councils must not contact pols on matters of faith/morals, except as “private citizens”. Marrella & MA SD Michael Baldner received awards from Bp. Arthur Kennedy, Rector of St. John’s Seminary on 4/Dec/10. Fr. Bob Kickham, Assoc. K of C Chaplain, is Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s Secretary. YouTube.Com/Watch?v=LdQw_PlC9QM
Bishops - like toothless tigers - fail to excommunicate Pro-Abortion/Pro-Homosexual pols and are silent on K of C failures. Supreme Chaplain Bishop William Lori shamefully exploited Pope Benedict’s declaration of Fr. McGivney as Venerable to be "a ringing affirmation of the Order he founded" (Columbia, May 2008). Emilio Moure sabotaged a CA K of C resolution to suspend Pro-Abortion pols (CalCatholic.com). He was promoted to Supreme Director, Supreme Treasurer, and on 1/Sep/2010, Supreme Secretary ($311,846/yr)!
K of C Cardinal Sean O’Malley (ArchbishopSean@RCAB.org) gave away his 6 Caritas Christi hospitals to Cerberus/Steward on 8/Nov/10 (CaritasChristi.org). The Catholic identity can be abandoned for a $25 million donation to a charity of his choosing (The Pilot, 14/May/10). On 1/Jul/09 he put the 6 hospitals in a MA CeltiCare plan making abortion referrals to $363m taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood - the USA's #1 abortionists - 324,008 in 2008 (PlannedParenthood.org/files/PPFA/fact_PPservices_2010-10-19.pdf).
Cdl. O’Malley gave Pro-Abortion/Pro-Gay Sen. Ted Kennedy a hero's funeral on 29/Aug/09. He advertised “HOLY WEEK 2010” in Bay Windows, New England’s largest Gay (GLBT) paper. He wasn’t among the 83 US bishops who protested President Obama as Notre Dame’s 2009 Commencement Speaker & Awardee (LifeSiteNews.com). In Dec ’05, he allowed Catholic Charities to award 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.
MA State Deputy Dick Guerriero failed to suspend Pro-Abortion/Pro-Gay pols, but signed an Open Letter endorsing Mitt Romney (R), who introduced Gay Marriage on 17/May/2004 and flipped on abortion! Ray Flynn, K of C, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, endorsed Pro-Abortion/Pro-Gay Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary (Boston Herald 6/Feb/08). On 4/May/08, Supreme Advocate Paul Devin, who gave money to Pro-Abortion pols Ted and Joe Kennedy (OpenSecrets.org), ruled a MA State Convention resolution by GK/FDD Joe Craven to suspend Pro-Abortion/Pro-Gay pols as “unconstitutional”. Disgraced, Paul Devin retired in Feb 2009. On 14/Jun/07, the heavily-Catholic MA Legislature, in Constitutional Convention, voted to defeat the efforts of 170,000 signatories to put traditional marriage on the 2008 ballot.
At least 16 K of C pols caused the defeat;10 italicized have top PP ratings (PPLMVotes.org): Speaker Sal DiMasi, House Majority Leader John Rogers, Reps Garret Bradley, Bob DeLeo (now Speaker), Stephen DiNatale, Chris Donelan, Chris Fallon (a Mason), Kevin Honan, Paul McMurtry, Charles Murphy, Bob Nyman, Angelo Puppolo (a Mason), Bob Spellane; Senators Michael Knapik (R) (PGK), Tom McGee, Michael Morrissey (Mass.Gov). 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 2008, they (except Puppolo) repealed a 1913 law, thus allowing same-sex couples from all 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. (R) Republicans, all others Democrats.
Gay marriage is now in 4 New England states: CT, MA, NH, VT; also DC, IA, (introduced, later defeated in CA, ME), partly due to the inaction of MA K of C PSDs Tom Ledbetter, Dick Guerriero, Vincent Rumasuglia & Bill Donovan. Rumasuglia: “Our membership has continued to spiral downward...” (Baystate Knightline, Summer 2007). Massachusetts Citizens For Life (MCFL) President Joe Reilly, K of C, and his wife Evelyn (MFI lobbyist), tried to remove me as a MCFL Director in ’07 because I exposed Pro-Abortion K of C pols! EWTN, March for Life, & Sisters of Life betray unborn children when they give prominence to K of C leaders who harbor and welcome Pro-Abortion/Pro-Homosexual pols in exchange for tax exemption.
Rodney Shropshire, K of C General Agent, 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, Shropshire terminated my contract as a “failure”. VP Agencies, Tom Smith, ($405,643/yr), countersigned his lie. Supreme Knights Virgil Dechant & Carl Anderson didn’t answer my letters. Supreme Treasurer Deacon Ken Ryan ($208,181/yr) wrote lies, then claimed his signed letter wasn't his! On 18/Jun/2004, SD Tom Ledbetter suspended my membership for Scandal, Slander and Publishing Detrimental Matter - without any evidence! My appeal was rejected as “late” by Supreme Advocate Paul Devin ($387,130/yr), and by the Supreme Board of Dir. at a show trial held without my knowledge. All lied.
The Vatican fails to supervise. Please write to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Palace, 00120 Vatican City. Advise him of the situation. E-mail: BenedictXVI@Vatican.Va & Carl.Anderson@KOFC.org Please copy me at LifeJohn@AOL.com PH: SK Carl Anderson 800 380 9995, FAX 203 752 4118.
Mr. Anderson: K of C laws & resolutions are defied by the refusal to suspend/expel Pro-Abortion/Pro-Gay pols & members - 52 million surgical abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973 (chemical abortions extra), and failure to require that Hall Rental Agreements prevent Gay Weddings, NARAL Pro-Choice & Witch events etc. being booked. You, Virgil Dechant, John Marrella & Emilio Moure must resign now! K of C members and all Pro-Lifers must insist on these resignations, and should require a vow to protect Unborn Children as a condition of K of C membership. The Order, with $16 billion in assets, should forgive “Church Loans” of $117 million, lent at 5.5% interest, and help needy dioceses and Pro-Life groups.
Mail: John O’Gorman, 30 Myrtle Avenue, Winthrop, MA 02152, USA for forwarding.