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An Open Letter to Knights of Columbus Members and All Pro-Lifers, about a Shocking Scandal in the Knights' National Leadership

Contact: Kenneth M. Fisher, Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc., 714-491-2284, crcoa@dslextreme.com  

WASHINGTON, June 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Delegates to the Knights of Columbus's upcoming Supreme Convention in Washington, D.C., August 3-5, have been briefed on the meeting's tone by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a 10-minute videotaped message that covers the Knights' growing membership, multibillion-dollar insurance programs, and works of charity.

But, shockingly, Anderson made no mention whatsoever of two issues vital to the Faith and family of every Knight: Defending preborn babies and true, man-woman marriage. These omissions are grave -- and peculiar, given that Anderson belongs to six Vatican bodies, including the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Council for the Family. He is also a consultant to the U.S. bishops' Pro-Life Committee.

As Supreme Knight since 2000, Carl Anderson has failed to expel or suspend pro-abortion and pro-homosexual politicians, despite pleas from rank-and-file Knights. In one case, at least 16 state senators and representatives in Massachusetts, 10 of whom received top ratings from Planned Parenthood, negated a petition drive by 170,000 citizens to put traditional marriage on the ballot.

For all their good works, the Knights' national leadership stubbornly harbors enemies of unborn babies and man-woman marriage. This past January 13, Supreme Advocate John Marrella, without any legal basis, directed that members and state and local councils must not contact politicians about matters of faith and morals, except as "private citizens."

What's more, this past April 15, contrary to the Knights' Charter Constitution and Laws, Marrella ordered that "...a subordinate council may not impose fraternal discipline with respect to a public figure's official actions on matters pertaining to faith and morals." Past Supreme Knight Virgil Dechant once insisted that pro-abortion politicians will "never" be expelled, and Supreme Treasurer Emilio Moure sabotaged a California Knights' pro-life resolution.

Join us in demanding that the Knights expel pro-abortion and pro-homosexual politicians, and that Anderson, Marrella, and Moure reform or resign now. Please contact BenedictXVI@Vatican.va and Carl.Anderson@KofC.org or 1-800-380-9995 (toll-free).

Would you like to do something more about this scandal? Please join with Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc. (CRCOA), as we and other pro-life groups demonstrate outside the Knights' Supreme Convention in Washington, D.C. And if you can't be with us in person, please send us your most generous, tax-deductible gift to help make our protest a success. Contact us today at P.O. Box 8095, Anaheim, CA 92812-8095, or: crcoa.com, or (714) 491-2284, or crcoa@dslextreme.com.