The Knights of Columbus ended a convention in Dallas on Thursday with resolutions supporting a constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage and denouncing Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.
But the world’s largest Catholic laymen’s organization said it would not expel those politicians from its membership or take a stance on whether they should be given Holy Communion.
"We don’t tell the clergy their business, and who gets Communion is their business," said Patrick Korten, spokesman for the 1.7 million-member organization. Nearly 2,500 members met this week at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.
Now it makes sense that they wouldn’t talk on the Communion issue since the USCCB left it up to the individual Bishops. But it makes no sense that they don’t do something about people in their own ranks. Their membership rules on section 101 says.
"Only practical Catholics in union with the Holy See shall be eligible to and entitled to continue membership in the Order. An applicant for membership shall be no less than 18 years of age on his last birthday."
It definitely can be argued that those who support abortion, same-sex marriage, etc are not in union with the Holy See. Googling around I have seen two different version of this statement. One with practicing Catholic and the other with practical Catholic. Maybe a practical Catholic is a politician who votes with his party so as to get elected, which is very practical to them.