Send Message to Mass. Knights of Columbus: Do Not Dishonor St. Patrick

As more and more Catholics are finding out, the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus are going out of their way to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston for the first time–coincidentally, when it’s the first year a homosexual group is marching in the parade and other faithful Catholics are pulling out. Instructions are found below on how you should act today to voice your outrage.

Here is commentary from the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts:

Last December, in a shocking defeat for Catholic religious freedom rights, a minority on the board of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council—the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade—dispossessed the majority, surrendered to political pressure orchestrated by Mayor Martin Walsh, and agreed to permit a homosexual group to march in the 2015 parade.

In doing so, this minority dishonored themselves, discarded a hard fought, 9 to 0 U. S. Supreme Court decision, and betrayed their Faith, their heritage, and all those persons, living and dead, who struggled for twenty-three years to preserve the Catholic and family character of the parade.

As a result of this betrayal, a parade in honor of a Catholic saint will now become a propaganda vehicle to legitimize sodomy. A parade in honor of Saint Patrick will become a forum for those who express pride in rejecting the religion and morality of Saint Patrick.

Consequently, the faithful Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School publicly withdrew from the parade last Thursday.

Now, incredibly, at a time when real Catholics are leaving the parade, the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus—who never marched in the parade before, at least in the last thirty years—have announced that they will march in the 2015 Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

It is almost impossible to believe that this is a coincidence. It would seem that the Knights are giving political cover to the Veterans Council, to Mayor Walsh, or both, by pretending the parade is still a Catholic friendly event. (Interestingly, the State Deputy of the K of C is a resident and small business owner in Dorchester, Mayor Walsh’s hometown.)

The decision of the K of C to march, whatever their motivation, is a disgrace. Please contact the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus and tell them how disgusted you are that they would march in a parade that includes homosexual activists, and which will be celebrated in the media as a victory for gay rights. Urge them to cancel their plans to march in this sham parade, which makes a mockery of Saint Patrick!

Contact the State Council today via the following:

Phone: 781-551-0628
State Deputy’s email:
State Deputy Russell Steinbach Home phone: 617-282-7752

For twenty-three years, homosexual militants tried to force their way into the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, while the Massachusetts K of C stood by and did nothing. Now that the militants have succeeded, the Knights, suddenly, want to march. It is really quite appalling!

Mass Resistance has an excellent piece as well here.  They spoke to State Deputy Steinbach and he said, “I want people in Boston to know what we do. We want to raise membership.” When asked if he understood why many Catholics are angry at him, he said, “I don’t know.”  On Wednesday, he sent a second email to members inviting them to come and march in the parade on Sunday – and to be sure and bring their families to this “family friendly” event!

The Catholic Action League responded:

Whatever their motivations or pretentions, the State Council of the K of C is objectively rendering assistance, and providing aid and comfort to Mayor Walsh, the parade organizers, and most of all, the homosexual activist group OUTVETS, by perpetuating the illusion that the parade is still a Catholic friendly and family friendly event.

More treacherously, the K of C is undermining the admirable Catholic witness demonstrated by the faithful Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, who withdrew rather than march with homosexual militants.

The overt message of OUTVETS is that homosexual relations—including so-called same gender marriage—is not only morally acceptable, but something to be proud of. Their implicit message therefore is that Catholic moral teaching is nothing more than bigotry and prejudice.

The Knights are helping OUTVETS to spread their message by pretending nothing is wrong, and pretending there is nothing morally objectionable to a homosexual group exploiting a parade in honor of a Catholic saint to promote their anti-Christian agenda. Silence implies consent.

In addition to the above contacts, we suggest you also contact:

State K of C Chaplain, Bishop Robert Hennessey: 617-269-4001
Bishop Peter Uglietto:
Cardinal Sean O’Malley: archbishopsean_o’

Instead of what the K of C is doing, they should follow the advice of Cardinal O’Malley in his 2006 Pastoral Letter on Homosexuality:

We know that friends and relatives of homosexual Catholics sometimes feel torn between their allegiance to Christ and their concern for their loved ones. I assure them that these goals are not incompatible. Calling people to embrace the cross of discipleship, to live the commandments and at the same time assuring them that we love them as brothers and sisters can be difficult. Sometimes we are told: “If you do not accept my behavior, you do not love me.” In reality we must communicate the exact opposite: “Because we love you, we cannot accept your behavior.”

The parade is Sunday and there is still time to pressure the K of C to pull out. We ask readers from any part of the country to take a few minutes on Friday to contact the above people.

21 Responses to Send Message to Mass. Knights of Columbus: Do Not Dishonor St. Patrick

  1. Ray Neary says:

    As a Grand Knight of Cassidy Council on two separate occasions a decade apart, I tried to contact the State Deputy in opposition to this participation, left a message – but never received a reply. The Papal Nuncio also did not answer. Many others are surely receiving the same treatment, but we must continue down every avenue – as this is another clear illustration of the continued undermining of Church teaching by Marty Walsh and his element.

  2. The K of C in eastern Massachusetts has been liberal for many years. My former district deputy is a homosexual now. I believe that they (homosexuals) have had a plan to destroy the Church for many years.
    Also in Raymond Arroyo’s book on Mother Angelica he noted the national Knights joined forces with the other liberal “Catholics” and tried to get her kicked off the air.

  3. David S says:

    I called Carl Anderson’s office and spoke to his secretary. After she listened to me she put me through to their PR department which went immediately into voice mail. They must have gotten that trick right out of the RCAB playbook because the same thing happens whenever I call the Cardinal’s office with a concern…my concerns are treated like a public relations issue not a matter of faith and morals.

    I also left a message at the Massachusetts KOC office and called Steinbach’s home. A woman answered the phone but then hung up on me after I explained why I was calling.

    Finally I emailed and left a voice message for Bishop Hennessey.

  4. Chris Whittle says:

    The Knights are just a business club that sells insurance policies to it’s members. They aren’t that serious about practicing the Faith. I went to a wedding reception last summer at a Knights hall and they had open bar until a certain time, but they charged me for a non-alcoholic beverage. So much for the cardinal virtue of temperance.

  5. It’s very simple. Ever since a KoC Democrat in the House caved on Obamacare regarding language offensive to Catholic doctrine, more and more has come to light in national reports on the internet that the KoC is weak-willed and no longer a defender of the Faith. Just like the bishops, priests, and nuns, and the laity in general, there are divisions arising in the ranks. The KoC must take a stand: be steadfast and fight against the actions of modernists who wish to tear away at the roots of the Church, or face their own brand of schism.

  6. Miss Sally says:

    Happily, there ARE many young men of character who are going to take the KoC back to its roots – they’re Mexican-American, they’re in the South right now primarily, and they are PASSIONATE about the Faith as Christ portrayed it – not the watered down, sanitized, and secularized nonsense that the KofC is attempting to peddle as a “Catholic men’s organization”. The Knights make zero effort to attract men of character into the organization here in the Northeast, it’s all about bureaucracy and harassing defunct chapters for administrative costs and squeezing dues out of elderly members on fixed income. Ironically, our local Saint Vincent’s society, which requires all effort and little to no recognition, is seeing an influx of good hearted men (and women) who want to represent the Faith the way it’s supposed to be represented – and guess what, there are no gimmicks: No insurance, no cheap booze, and no function halls! Just GOOD for those in need. And I’ll just throw this in – we had a KofC salesman call our home and actually LIE about why he was calling — he refused to identify who he was, then when he was cornered, he said he had “already spoken” to a family member about “meeting up to talk about something”..yet no such conversation had ever taken place! It was just so he could be put through to pitch the insurance program. If the KofC wants to continue to attract that caliber of man, then they can just keep traveling down the road they’re on, because that’s the quality person they’re stuck with.

    • Mary says:

      Apparently the KofC heard enough to change their mind and they’ve withdrawn from the march, though the announcement on their site is whiny and sarcastic about it.

      Sally, the Mexican [c]atholics, down south & elsewhere aren’t passionate about serving our Lord, but in exploiting His church. Not trying to generalize, but I’ve seen enough to know that Hispanics embraced so called liberation theology, because it appeals to their sense of entitlement. Don’t kid yourself.

  7. Gianna says:

    I just read the statement from the Massachusetts State Knights of Columbus website explaining why they’re now withdrawing from the parade:

    “The Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus had planned to march in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade as a Catholic witness, (however)…”.

    Isn’t it great that the Knights finally want to be a “Catholic” witness?

    Maybe now they’ll do something about the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual marriage “Catholic” politicians who are members in good standing of their organization.

    It seems the forces of good have at least temporarily triumphed. Is there any way we can use the momentum we seem to have picked up as a result of this victory and pressure the Massachusetts State Knights of Columbus to expel these “Catholic” politicians? Perhaps a website devoted exclusively to exposing this continued scandal?

    What’s our next step?

    • David S. says:

      The problem with the KoC extends beyond their inclusion of pro-abortion politicians within their ranks.

      The KoC also rents their halls to politicians who support abortion. Case in point…Representative Katherine Clark who has a 100% pro-abortion rating from NARAL had her 2003 campaign victory celebration at the KoC hall in Melrose.

      Why does the Massachusetts KoC allow their halls to be used for the victory celebrations of abortionists?

  8. Cuspis P O'Leary says:

    All of the priests these days talk abut nothing other than peace and queers. In my day thay talkked abut faith hope and charity. Just proofs what I’ve been saying … Bring back the latin mass!!!!!

    • Jim Regan says:

      I guess you were asleep when they talked about charity. The Latin Mass will not increase your love and acceptance of all God’ people.

      • Capt Crunch says:

        True charity includes correcting people when they go astray. If you disagree with that or think it’s ok turning a blind eye while people are going to or being steering to hell then you should be attending the church in your local strip mall instead of the Catholic Church. Read the Catichism and/or Bible, it’sall there.

  9. John Doe says:

    This site and those who support it represent everything wrong with the Catholic Church – we are not a cult with a secret handshake – we are a community made in the image of a loving God – there is no love in these pages. Very sad.

    • Gianna says:

      John, I’d like to suggest you spend an hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament saying the rosary. It should clear your head of the cobwebs.

      • John Doe says:

        I pray daily. Most for close minded people.

      • Capt Crunch says:

        Returning to the Latin Mass is about living the Catholic Church taught for 2000 years rather what some stoned Protestant wannabes hippies came up in the 60s.

        You talk about love and being made in the image of God yet call people that disagree with you sad. Very sad indeed. Get over yourself.

    • John, Read the quote by Cardinal O’Malley. If you love someone and see they are doing something harmful to themselves, you let them know what they are doing is unacceptable. To do anything different would be false compassion.


  10. Joan Baralty says:

    Calling Carl Anderson solved the problem. The Knights did not march

  11. Capt Crunch says:

    Outstanding article and video, kudos to the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

  12. tonymangini says:

    the protests must have worked    they backed out  

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