I received this today from our Supreme Secretary. I ask that you ensure all of our brothers adhere to our order's policy and our commitment to bearing courageous witness to the sacredness of life.
Worthy State Deputy:
Over the course of the past 20 years, delegates to Knights of Columbus supreme conventions have annually and unanimously reaffirmed the Order’s long-standing policy of prohibiting public officials — or candidates for public office — who do not support the legal protection of unborn children from renting or otherwise using facilities over which our members have control.
Last week, a home corporation in Ohio hosted a fundraiser, headlined by Jerry Springer, for a major party presidential candidate well-known for strident promotion of abortion. This event was a clear violation of the Order’s policy.
By allowing a home corporation facility, as well as the name and reputation of the Order, to be used for a partisan political event in support of a pro-abortion candidate, those in charge of that facility risked causing confusion among the Catholic faithful.
No pro-abortion politician, or their surrogates, should ever be allowed to use a facility under the control of brother Knights for partisan political purposes, and I ask that you immediately take all necessary steps to prevent such violations of this policy from happening at your council or home corporation.
In his message to our Supreme Convention in 2013, Pope Francis called each Knight and every council to bear witness to the sanctity and inviolable dignity of human life.
Thank you for your commitment to ensuring that the Knights of Columbus will always bear faithful witness to the sacredness of human life, particularly during this election season.
Supreme Secretary Michael O’Connor