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The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus for prohibiting state and local jurisdictions in the Order from suspending the membership of candidates and elected officials who support abortion and same gender marriage.  At its annual state convention last weekend, the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus refused to take action on a resolution authored by Former District Deputy Joseph B. Craven Jr. urging the State Deputy to suspend such members, citing a letter from Supreme Advocate and General Counsel John A. Marrella.

Marrella stated: "... a subordinate council may not impose fraternal discipline with respect to a public figure's official actions on matters pertaining to faith and morals.  Rather, any such discipline must be made by or at the direction of the Supreme Board of Directors, which will consider the prudence of addressing the conduct of the public figure in light of the overall good of the Order." 

In the thirty-seven years since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Board of Directors has never, to public knowledge, removed a single pro-abortion political figure from the Knights of Columbus.  In Massachusetts, a majority of Knights serving in the Legislature voted in 2007 against a constitutional amendment restoring traditional marriage, and voted in 2005 for a law which compels Catholic hospitals to distribute the so-called morning after pill to rape victims. 

The Catholic Action League called Marrella's letter "a shocking abdication of responsibility, and a shameful surrender to the culture of death."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C.J. Doyle stated: "This letter effectively kills any grassroots initiative within the Knights to address the scandal of pro-abortion pols in the Order.  It is now clear that the Knights of Columbus, for the foreseeable future, will continue to harbor in its ranks public officials who oppose Catholic morality, and who believe that the killing of 1.3 million pre-born children each year ought to remain legal in the United States." 

"Apparently, for the national leadership of the Knights of Columbus, the protection of its insurance business, tax exempt status, and its ratings from Standard and Poors is more important than defending the right to life.  Despite its pretensions to the contrary, the Knights of Columbus has now made its peace with legal abortion in America."

Enclosed is a copy of the letter from Supreme Advocate John A. Marrella to State Deputy William F. Donovan.


April 15, 2010

Mr. William F. Donovan

State Deputy

4 Irving Drive

Walpole, MA 02081-2430

Worthy State Deputy and Dear Brother Donovan:

You have asked our opinion with respect to a proposed resolution calling on the State Deputy to summarily suspend certain public figures who are members of the Knights of Columbus and who have publicly taken positions contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church.  For the reasons set forth below, we conclude that the proposed resolution would be imprudent and contrary to the policy of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.

We recognize that some of our members who are public figures may use their public position to advocate or support policy positions that are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals.  We further recognize that such conduct may cause confusion in that, among other things, it contradicts the Catholic identity and mission of the Order.  We also recognize that such conduct can be the source of internal dissension within councils and among members.   

We understand that some subordinate councils have the impulse to address real or perceived scandal caused by members who are public figures.  Because of the public stature of such members, however, decisions to summarily suspend the member necessarily affect the entire Order.  For this reason, a subordinate council may not impose fraternal discipline with respect to a public figure's official actions on matters pertaining to faith and morals.  Rather, any such discipline must be made by or at the direction of the Supreme Board of Directors, which will consider the prudence of addressing the conduct of the public figure in light of the overall good of the Order.

The reason for this is straightforward.  Any action by a state council likely will be understood by the public as an action of the Supreme Council on behalf of the entire Order.  Of course, subordinate councils, including state councils, do no have the authority to speak on behalf of the entire Order with respect to such matters.  To the extent that any subordinate council addresses the public acts of particular public figures, they may do so only at the express direction of and in concert with the Supreme Board of Directors, only in the rarest of circumstances, and only after careful consideration of all possible ramifications relating to the good of the Order.

Finally, the Order must be sensitive to the role of the bishops, with whom we stand in solidarity.  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.

We thank you for bringing this important matter to our attention.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss this matter further.

Sincerely and fraternally,

John A. Marrella

Supreme Advocate and General Counsel



NHDP - Are Kelly Ayotte and Sarah Palin a Pair of 'Mama Grizzly Bears'?

CONCORD - This past weekend, former Alaska governor-turned Fox News correspondent Sarah Palin was fundraising in Washington D.C. with the radical anti-choice group Susan B. Anthony's List. Palin was joined there by other anti-choice candidates, including former New Hampshire attorney general turned right-wing senate candidate Kelly Ayotte. Palin called Ayotte, "a bold, brave candidate."
At the fundraiser, Palin compared Ayotte and the other anti-choice candidates in attendance to "mama grizzly bears," rising up to defend their cubs.

"It looks like Kelly Ayotte has finally decided on her political porridge. As Kelly Ayotte has flipped and flopped her way to the far right wing of her party, she has found Sarah Palin to be just right," said Emily Browne, Press Secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Ayotte has left New Hampshire common sense behind and joined forces with Palin on the fringe of the Republican Party, dead set on trampling the rights of New Hampshire women along the way."

The New Hampshire Democratic Party is providing the following helpful cheat-sheet to help voters distinguish between the two:

-         Resigned as attorney general despite promising to serve her full term
-         "Deleted Email-Gate"
-         Right-wing makeover done to court tea-party voters
-         Resigned as governor
-         "Trooper-Gate"
-         Right-wing makeover done to court Fox News executives

"Someone should tell Kelly Ayotte that New Hampshire already rejected an anti-choice woman who failed to serve out her term in office and spent months ensnared in a scandal over deleted emails," said Browne.


CHQ - Non-Partisan Tea Party: A Liberal's Worst Nightmare 

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Non-Partisan Tea Party: A Liberal's Worst Nightmare - Conservatives in Utah and West Virginia proved last week that they'll participate in both parties' nominating processes to favor the most conservative candidates, something that conservative leaders such as Richard Viguerie have always encouraged.  By infiltrating the Democrats and Republicans at the local level, conservatives can ensure that the most conservative candidates prevail - and the government will invariably turn to the Right.

How Can RINOs Really Fight Against Kagan?
World Net Daily - Alan Keyes writes of the dilemma facing Republican politicians as they prepare to fight the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court - namely, if they don't have a strong record of defending the Constitution and its limits on governmental power, how can they effectively criticize someone else for a lack of such principles?  Keyes says the GOP establishment has supported liberals and called them 'conservatives' for so long that the Party has no credibility in lining up against real Leftists.

To Ask Kagan:  Are There Any Constitutional Limits on Government Anymore?
Forbes - Roger Pilon writes that the upcoming confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will provide a good chance for Republican Senators to explore her view and their own views of constitutional authority - and to seriously ask, are there any constitutional limits on government anymore?  It's a soul searching exercise that needs to be undertaken to try and put the country back on the limited government track that the Founding Fathers originally envisioned.

Don't Get Cocky, GOP
Washington Examiner - The Editors of the Washington Examiner agree with Republicans that there's much to be encouraged by the results of recent polls which show them doing well in match-ups with Democrats at this point, but it's also far too early to get cocky.  Those same voter surveys indicate that Americans still don't trust the Republicans to keep their promises - a credibility gap that can only be bridged by effectively advocating for conservative policies once in office.

TARP Traps GOP Incumbents
Politico - You can't say they weren't warned, but Republicans who voted for the TARP Wall Street bailout in 2008 are finding themselves in trouble this year, having gambled that their conservative constituents would forgive and forget - and lost.  Republicans who failed to take a principled stand when it counted the most should not count on conservatives giving them another chance - and the poll results are telling.

For Chuck DeVore, Getting Elected Is All About The Principles
Ramona Sentinel - California GOP U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore is not as well known or funded as his two main opponents, but that's not stopping him from traveling the state to speak with conservatives on the grassroots level - and he doesn't mince words in articulating his positions.  DeVore believes that a principled conservative can still win in California - and he's not softening his stances in order to be seen as 'electable.' 

Angle Continues Raking In Endorsements, Straw Poll Wins
Las Vegas TSG (blog) - Nevada GOP U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle was often dismissed by the Republican Party establishment as someone who could not garner enough attention to seriously contend for the Party's nomination to run against Harry Reid, but conservative endorsements and straw poll victories just keep coming for her.  Angle's impressive performances in debates and her rock solid conservative legislative record are drawing just the type of looks that could help her prevail in the state's primary.

Laura Bush Supports Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion
Newsmax - If there's one area where conservatives remain relatively happy with the legacy of George W. Bush, it's with the social issues - but even that's being tarnished as former First Lady Laura Bush has revealed that she's in favor of allowing homosexuals to marry and also for keeping abortion legal. 


NHDP: Do NH Republicans Stand with Extremists?

After years of NH Republicans "just saying NO", the people of NH deserve to know if NH Republicans where they stand. Do NH Republicans agree with the their Maine brethren and approve their bizarre platform that attacks America's values?

Concord - This week, Republicans in the state of Maine approved a bizarre, hateful platform that includes a slew of shocking planks.  In the laundry list of crackpot positions the platform demands a repeal of America's opposition to international child slavery and child prostitution, declares global warming a myth and brazenly declares that "health care is not a right."

"Do Chairman Sununu and the New Hampshire Republican Party endorse the hateful, radical platform passed by Republicans in Maine?" asked Ray Buckley, chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  

"Maine and New Hampshire share a border, have common interests, and enjoy a similar way of life.  The question is whether the New Hampshire Republican Party, like their counterparts in Maine, reject basic human rights for children, oppose equality and diversity, and believe our country is rotten at the core."

One particularly shocking plank is the direct attack on America claiming "we have let rot from within, the foundation upon which freedom and prosperity must be built to survive."  The platform also bizarrely calls for action to wildly reward the very Wall Street firms that drove our economy into a ditch.

Additionally, it demands the immediate end to efforts to improving education for children across the country.  And the platform goes on wild rant about global warming.  Not only does it reject global warming as a myth, the platform actually calls for an investigation into the "collusion between government and industry" and prosecution of those working to prevent the impending disaster.

The Maine Republican Party has totally gone so far off the deep end that they could give lessons to BP," added Buckley.  "The question is if the New Hampshire Republicans are going to join them? Much of what they are saying is basically identical to what we've been hearing from Chairman Sununu and New Hampshire Republicans.  Sununu should take a position - does he support the Maine Republican party platform?  If not, why not?"

The full platform is available here.  Some of the more outrageous planks in the Maine Republican Platform include:

Demands a repeal of America's opposition to international child slavery and child prostitution.

Proposes repealing laws against child abuse and neglect.

Declares that "healthcare is not a right."

Rejects scientific fact and calls for the criminal prosecution of individuals working to solve the pending environmental crisis of global warming.

Opposes any restriction on dangerous weapons including restrictions against automatic weapons, assault rifles,  grenade launchers, guns designed to kill police officers. 

Allows for people with a record of criminal behavior or mental instability to purchase and own these dangerous weapons.

Rejects the constitutionally enshrined separation of church and state.

Would reward Wall Street banks that brought our economy to the brink of disaster.

Opposes all civil rights laws.

Opposes a woman's reproductive rights.


Knights Support Portsmouth Priests 

The non-affiliated Casey Function Center offered space to an organization that rejects the views of the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  The Knights of Columbus disavows the actions of the management of the Casey Function Center.  The Portsmouth Council of the Knights of Columbus has been instructed, because of the actions of the Casey Function Center, to immediately remove itself from the premises.  The rental decision was made by an organization that is not directly connected to the Knights of Columbus.  Many of the members of the Casey Home Association, parent organization of the Casey Function Center, are, unfortunately, members of the order.  However, the two are separate and distinct legal entities. 

The Knights of Columbus finds the attempt by NARAL, an organization diametrically opposed to the Teachings of the Catholic Church, to smear its lack of respect for human life on the Knights to be abhorrent.  The action of the two Reverend Fathers to stand firm in their support for the dignity of human life is applauded and we, the New Hampshire State Council Knights of Columbus, support their public stand and offer our support.

As a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization the more than 7,500 members of the Knights of Columbus in New Hampshire encourage the work done by our local councils in support of vocations, and for women facing unplanned pregnancies.  The actions of one person do not reflect the attitude of the thousands of other Knights throughout New Hampshire and more than 1.7 million around the globe, in support of Life; our Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and Religious.