• Tom Diorio
    August 18, 2011 Reply

    Archbishop, I take issue with your following statement:
    Three, I applaud their promotion of vocations. Yes, they are vigorous in their defense of marriage and family. …

    Although I am now in Texas now, I was a member of council 4065 in NY. I still have an affection for NY.

    Archbishop, I am deeply disgusted at the lack of support you and the Church received from the Knights in NY, and Supreme, while you were engaged in the ‘same sex marriage’ war. The Knights in NY were MIA and left you to fend for the Church on your own.

    The Knight in NY and Supreme should hang their heads in shame.

  • Mary
    August 19, 2011 Reply

    You said: In fact, at the Denver meeting, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson called upon Catholic politicians to be people of integrity and courage in allowing the clear teachings of the Church to affect their decisions.

    We live in times when every educational, governmental, business or religious institution that we once held in unquestionable esteem is subject to careful scrutiny. What I have read recently is that the Knights are permissive towards pro-abortion politicians and have no policy of exclusion or removal when they advocate for abortion. A terribly sad example of how all the good work, and there is so much, can be diminished by an acceptance of mortally sinful unfaithfulness.

  • AndyP/Doria2
    August 24, 2011 Reply

    Their unflagging support of Life? We have members who not only vote against life issues, but against contraceptive issues and marriage issues laity as well as very public politicians.

    If they were true knights in every sense of the word they would defend Church teaching to the death. They do not!

    How can anyone say they fight for the unborn baby when some of our very own members support all of the pro death issues. I’m speaking of politicians who are in our ranks?

    Oh, so Carl Anderson “. . .called on politicians to be people of integrity and courage in allowing the clear teachings of the Church to affect their decisions.”

    With no penalties for ignoring the Supreme Knight he might as well be whistling in the wind.

    This statement takes the cake:

    “They also “put their money where their mouth is” as they work hard to provide care and support for God’s special children and their parents who are faced with mental and physical challenges, children some members of the “culture of death” claim should never be born.”

    By not fighting these “members of the “culture of death” they are in fact complicit in this culture of death.

    I had a sometimes raucous back and forth letter exchange with some local leaders of the KOC on these very issues and what I got out of it is that it all boils down, as usual, to money. The Knights do some very wonderful things of course, but Knights are supposed to defend something, in this case – The Church. We are supposed to be the right arm of the Pope but when it comes to insurance policies I was told that they can’t just expunge someone from membership, it’s not that easy, blah blah blah. Mammon strikes again.

    Well, in our final exchange, it was stated and I quote, “Look, if the Bishops don’t expunge them we can’t either.” 

    Again, it boils down to a leaderless American church and yes – money.

    Judging by your own quote:

    “Once again, they annually present me a gift to support our seminary, vocation office, and programs to help women and men discern a vocation to serve Jesus and His Church as a sister, brother, or priest.”


    “Annually, the Knights of the archdiocese present me with a generous check to support some of our struggling schools.”

    Mammon instead of our Lord. It’s a familiar story. Our leaders are so afraid of offending big donors that they sheepishly go along to get along. Even so called Knights, defenders all – sheep.

    Frankly, Your Excellency, I’m embarrassed to be called one.

    3rd Degree – AndyP/Doria2

    I remain anonymous for obvious reasons but there are many on the net who know my moniker.

  • P. Emanuel
    September 23, 2011 Reply

    Your Excellency

    Thank you for your kind, inspirational words about the Knights of Columbus. Your eloquence articulated perfectly my thoughts about the Knights. The Knights I know are hardworking, dedicated Catholic men very involved with their parishes, their families, their communities. The Knights of Columbus make worthwhile contributions to our communities every day.

    The continued conversion of our souls helps the Knights, our parishes, our communities. The support and prayers of our priests are always welcome, always needed.

    Again I express thanks and gratitude to you your Excellency for writing such a wonderful article.

    May God Bless you and the Archdiocese of New York

    P Emanuel


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