Rally in Hartford on Religious Freedom (Raised Bill 1098)

March 12, 2009

HARTFORD, CT, Mar. 11 (MetroCatholic) - Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the New Haven-based Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest lay Catholic organization, was among the speakers to address the rally held in Hartford today at 12:00 noon concerning the now-tabled Raised Bill 1098, which called for completely restructuring the Catholic Church and stripping priests and bishops of their ability to administer their parishes and dioceses.

Carl Anderson’s column on this issue appears in today’s Connecticut Post at: http://www.connpost.com/opinion/ci_11880961

His speech can be found at www.kofc.org

Texas Hold’em Frisco hosts tournament Friday, February 20

February 13, 2009

 

council_12480_logo_webFrisco, TX (MetroCatholic) - Texas Hold’em Frisco will host a Texas Hold’em tournament on Friday February 20 to benefit the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Community. The tournament is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 12480.  The tournament will take place at the Hampton Inn at 3199 Parkwood in Frisco from 8pm until midnight. A Barbeque dinner will be served at 7pm.

Tickets are available for a $70 donation (Donor receives $4000 in chips, Light Snacks, Water -&- Soda “Only”). $40 re-donations (Donor receives additional $4000 in chips) will be available until 10pm. Tickets are available online here or at Classique Jewelers (4670 Preston Rd. Suite 220 in Frisco; 972-712-1934).

Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.  For more information about the tournament, visit the event website. The official tounament flyer may also be viewed here.

Knights Present Colors at Red Mass

October 9, 2008

Washington, D.C. (MetroCatholic) - The Knights of Columbus presented the colors Oct. 5 at the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew  in Washington, D.C.

Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington (pictured with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts ) was the principal celebrant. Cardinal John Cardinal Foley, left, grand master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, was the homilist.

Also attending were Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer. Government officials, ambassadors, and members of the legal community also attended.

The Red Mass is celebrated annually prior to the opening of the Supreme Court’s session.

The liturgy takes its name from the red vestments worn, and from the ritual invocation of the Holy Spirit for blessings of wisdom and guidance.

Knights of Columbus to 230,000 Canadian Members - Pro-Life is the Most Important Qualification for Candidates

October 8, 2008

By Tim Waggoner

OTTAWA,  (LifeSiteNews.com) - In light of the upcoming Canadian federal election, Natale Gallo, the President of the Canadian Association of Knights of Columbus, and Yvon Robert, the State Deputy for Ontario, have sent a letter to the 230,000 members of the KofC affirming the need to cast a vote that will “build a Culture of Life.”

After addressing the moral obligation of citizens to promote the common good by means of their right to vote, Gallo and Robert said that the most important piece of information to know about a political candidate is “where they stand on life.”

“Political leaders must be encouraged to serve the common good by crafting legislation that supports and defends life from conception to natural death,” said the two men.

Gallo and Roberts confirmed that the promotion of the Culture of Life has always been at the “core” of the KOC’s “mission” and noted how this was reaffirmed in August’s Supreme Convention in Quebec City, where resolutions were passed “supporting the traditional definition of marriage” and opposing “abortion, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and euthanasia.”

The two knights also described the process of “building a Culture of Life” as “being concerned about the most vulnerable members of our society - the unborn, the disabled and the elderly … and defending the authentic nature of marriage and family.”

There was a sense of urgency in the letter regarding the importance of the October 14 election, when Canadians will have an opportunity to support pro-life political candidates.  “The political choices we make today will have a profound impact on the character of our nation and the future we will pass on to our children,” they said.

Pope Commends Knights of Columbus for their Pro-Life Work

October 7, 2008

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

Vatican City (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus, on the occasion of their recent pilgrimage to Rome, for their tireless efforts in promoting the culture of life.

“I express my appreciation of your efforts to provide a solid formation in the faith for young people, and to defend the moral truths necessary for a free and humane society, including the fundamental right to life of every human being,” said the Holy Father.

Pro-life initiatives launched by the Knights of Columbus during election campaigning in both Canada and the US include a radio ad that features the sound of a 10-week-old unborn child’s heartbeat. The voice of a woman muses, “Listening to this makes me wonder - why would anyone question that her life has begun?”

The ad concludes with, “Vote your heart. Vote Pro Life.”

In August Supreme Knight Carl Anderson addressed the 126th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus in Quebec City and pledged the Knights to fight abortion-promoting politicians.

“It’s time we stop accommodating pro-abortion politicians, and it’s time we start demanding that they accommodate us,” said Mr. Anderson in an electrifying speech in which he called for real change on abortion and the end of political manipulation of Catholic voters by abortion advocates.

The Knights have continually worked to keep their members aware of pro-life issues and to motivate them to act in unison as the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization.

For example, in July all 230,000 KofC members in Canada were called on to demand Henry Morgentaler’s Order of Canada award be revoked.

The full message from the Pope to the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus is available here: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/2008…

Read related LifeSiteNews.com articles on the Pro-life work of the Knights of Columbus:

Vote Pro-Life Radio Ads to Air During Canadian Election Courtesy of Knights of Columbus
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/sep/08092310.html

Supreme Knight of Columbus Calls for Real “Change” on Abortion and Catholic Revolt against Obama Nation
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/aug/08080703.html

Knights of Columbus Calls on All 230,000 Members to Demand Morgentaler Award be Revoked
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08071712.html

Knights of Columbus Pass Resolution to Prohibit Pro-Abortion Politicians from Knights-Sponsored Events
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/aug/07081301.html

Knights of Columbus Letter to 239,000 Canadian Members says Vote Pro-life and Pro-family
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/jan/06010509.html

Knights of Columbus Airs Pro-Life ‘Heartbeat’ Radio Ad

October 7, 2008

- A new Knights of Columbus radio spot featuring the heartbeat of a 10-week-old unborn child and urging listeners to vote pro-life has begun airing on radio stations around the U.S.

As the heartbeat plays, a woman’s voice says: “Listening to this makes me wonder – why would anyone question that her life has begun?”

“Vote your heart. Vote Pro-Life,” it concludes.

“The fact that the child whose heartbeat we hear is alive is simply a matter of science,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said in announcing the beginning of the ad campaign.

“We believe that it is vital that America’s pro-life community make it clear that they will reserve their votes for candidates of either party who are committed to protecting life from conception to natural death,” he continued.

The ad will be broadcast until the November 4 U.S. elections. A similar ad is planned for broadcast in Canada before the country’s October 14 election.

Knights Sponsor Chicago Conference on Abortion’s Effects on Men

September 5, 2008

CHICAGO, (MetroCatholic) — The Knights of Columbus and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Evangelization are co-sponsoring a national conference to focus on the effects of abortion on men whose children have been aborted in Chicago on Sept. 8 and 9.

Featuring an international panel of speakers and participants, the “Reclaiming Fatherhood” conference will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Oak Brook, IL.

The Milwaukee-based National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation, headed by Vicki Thorn, is organizing the conference, which seeks to bring to light what Thorn describes as the “invisible” issue in our society and even in the Church: the profound effect that abortion has on fathers whose children are aborted.

“As an organization of lay men that has a strong history and commitment to life, we think it is very important to highlight the issues faced by those fathers whose children are aborted,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “There are three victims of every abortion, the child and both of his or her parents, and it is our hope that this conference will be the beginning of a ministry within the Church to these fathers, who grieve the death of their unborn child in isolation and silence.”

Thorn has been working nationally and internationally - - primarily with women — who have had abortions since 1984 through the Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Project Rachel, the Catholic Church’s post-abortion healing ministry.

Experts, including several therapists — as well as several fathers who have lost children to abortion — will cover topics including men’s healing process after abortion; abortion’s effects on men’s spirituality and mental health; fatherhood and abortion; and why men who have been involved in abortion come for help.

More than 150 attendees have already registered from as far away as Nigeria and Poland. The conference has been heavily advertised in print and on television in the Chicago area. The commercial can be viewed at www.kofc.org/abortion.

Anderson and Thorn believe the “Reclaiming Fatherhood” conference could help men deal with their difficult post-abortion reality the way Project Rachel — the Catholic post-abortion healing ministry Thorn founded — has helped women who have undergone abortions deal with their emotional and spiritual scars.

In 2007, the Knights and the Archdiocese of San Francisco co-sponsored a similar conference — also organized by the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing. That conference was the first of its kind in the United States to deal with effects of abortion on men. More than 175 people from nine countries attended the San Francisco Reclaiming Fatherhood conference.

Details of the conference and speakers are available at www.kofc.org/abortion.

Knights of Columbus contributes $1 million to Prop 8 campaign

August 21, 2008

.- Proposition 8, the ballot initiative to protect marriage, has announced that it has received a $1 million contribution from the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.

In a press release, spokesman for the Knights of Columbus, Patrick Korten said that the donation from the Knights “is both an indication of how important we believe this referendum to be, and an encouragement to other groups and individuals of all faiths to lend their support as well.”

“From the day the organization was founded 126 years ago, strengthening and protecting the family has always been central to the mission of the Knights of Columbus. Preserving marriage as the indispensable institution in which children are conceived, born and raised to adulthood by a loving father and mother is vital to a healthy society. It is also the most favorable environment in which to protect the rights and best interests of children. We are proud to join the Catholic bishops and priests of California, and so many other people of good will, in this effort on which so much depends.”

Ned Dolejsi of the California Catholic Conference remarked that “this generous donation from the Knights of Columbus shows the broad-based support that Protect Marriage is receiving from a variety of faith-based organizations.  Proposition 8 is honored to have the support of an esteemed organization who has such a strong record of public service and success.”

Throughout its history, the Knights of Columbus has been an effective advocate and defender of civil and religious rights for all. The organization includes more than 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, and other countries.

Supreme Knight Calls on Catholics to Say ‘No’ to Pro-Abortion Politicians

August 6, 2008

QUEBEC, Aug. 5 /MetroCatholic/ — Addressing the leadership and more than 1,000 members of the Knights of Columbus and their families at the organization’s 126th Annual Convention being held in Quebec, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson highlighted the organization’s accomplishments over the past year, and laid out a vision for a future in which values play a key role. The speech was also broadcast live throughout Canada and the United States on Catholic television network, and worldwide on EWTN radio and television.

Speaking after greetings to the Knights were heard from the Pope, via the Cardinal Secretary of State, and the presidents of the United States, Mexico, and the Philippines, Anderson highlighted the organization’s remarkable charitable giving last year, which totaled more than $144 million and more than 68 million hours donated to charity by the more than 1.75 million Knights worldwide.

Anderson also called on Catholics to “shine a bright line of separation between themselves and all those politicians who defend the abortion regime of Roe v. Wade.”

He added: “Imagine if this year millions of Catholic voters simply say ‘no’ — no to every candidate of every political party who supports abortion.” He added, “It’s time we stop accommodating pro-abortion politicians, and it’s time we start demanding that they accommodate us. What candidate or political party can withstand the loss of millions of Catholic voters in this election or the next?”

He concluded: “Catholic voters have the power to transform our politics. And if faithful citizens can build a new politics-a politics that is not satisfied with the status quo but one that is dedicated to building up a new culture of life. There are more than 150 million Catholics in North America, and if we stand together and demand better from our politicians, we can transform politics. And if we truly hope for a culture of life and a civilization of love, then we must first think, and then act, in new ways.”

A complete transcript is available at www.kofc.org

- Released through Christian Newswire

Cardinal Foley entertains Knight’s dinner, asks for lifting of excommunication

August 6, 2008

.- The “States Dinner” that the Knights of Columbus hold at their annual convention is always a colorful affair as representatives from the different states and provinces express their state pride, but this year’s dinner was graced with the quick-witted humor and insights of Cardinal John Foley.

Aware that the city of Québec is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year, Cardinal Foley lauded the recently held International Eucharistic Congress and used it as an opportunity to request a favor of Québec’s Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

“Your Eminence, when Father John Carroll, who was to become the first American bishop …accompanied Benjamin Franklin to Québec to ask that the Canadians join in the American Revolution, the then Bishop Briand of Québec forbade his priests to have anything to do with the visitors and he actually excommunicated John Carroll.”

“Bishop Briand had his reasons, in that the British had guaranteed the Catholics of Québec freedom of religion, a freedom which was not guaranteed at that time in the original thirteen rebellious colonies, where Catholics were often discriminated against,” explained the cardinal.

“Bishop Briand saw no reason for Canadians to join the American colonies against the British, and he was very annoyed that a Catholics priest should be among those seeking to encourage Canadians to risk their religious liberty in what he considered to be a dubious cause. So he excommunicated Father Carroll—and there is no record of which I know that such an excommunication has ever been lifted.”

“Your Eminence, Cardinal Ouellet,” said Cardinal Foley, “in the interest of better Canadian-American relations and in recognition of the fact that Americans now enjoy religious liberty… I would deeply appreciate it if you might lift the excommunication against John Carroll.”

“A government official down here said he said yes,” Cardinal Foley quipped.

Since recently being assigned to work in the Holy Land as the Grand Master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, the cardinal also brought in the plight of Christians in the region.

He reminded the crowd that “we cannot permit the Holy Land to become merely a Christian museum; we must keep alive a vibrant Christian community in the land made sacred by the life, death and resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

The American cardinal closed by saying that the Church in the Holy Land is working for the “love and respect for which Jesus called –‘Love one another as I have loved you’.”

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