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Pope Francis has sent a message to the Knights of Columbus who have been holding their 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio, Texas from August 6th to 8th. Addressed to Supreme Knight Carl Anderson (pictured) and signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the message says Pope Francis has been comforted in the first months of his pontificate by the many messages of prayerful encouragement and solidarity he has received from so many Knights and their families.

Noting the theme of the Convention, ‘Be Protectors of God’s Gifts’, the papal message says that in fidelity to the founding vision of their order in the late nineteenth century, the Knights of Columbus continue to play an outstanding role in helping Catholic men to respond to their vocation to be ‘protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment’.

Conscious of the specific responsibility which the lay faithful have for the Church’s mission, the message continues by inviting each Knight, and every Council, to bear witness to the authentic nature of marriage and the family, the sanctity and inviolable dignity of human life, and the beauty and truth of human sexuality. In this time of rapid social and cultural changes, it says, the protection of God’s gifts cannot fail to include the affirmation and defense of the great patrimony of moral truths taught by the Gospel and confirmed by right reason, which serve as the bedrock of a just and well-ordered society.

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-sends-me...f-columbus
Boiler plate stuff...
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Knight. Now, I'm not so sure..
http://www.culturewars.com/CultureWars/A...es/kc.html      quote  " Mike Dwyre did not flinch when the moderator asked him the questions about abortion. The organizers of the Oct. 3, 1991 St. Timothy's Candidates Forum had given the candidates the questions in writing earlier in the week, so Dwyre was prepared, and he knew what he wanted to say to the sparse crowd in St. Timothy School's gymnasium.

Dwyre, a candidate for the 67th District for the Virginia House of Delegates in the upcoming November 1991 election, was a long-time active member of St. Timothy Parish in Chantilly, the vocations director of the parish's Knights of Columbus council, and a former volunteer at A Woman's Choice, the local prolife crisis pregnancy center. His wife, Virginia, was a lector. Father Cornelius O'Brien, the pastor, was in the audience, most of the attendees were parishioners, and the parish's prolife committee was among the sponsors of the forum. Dwyre, one might have thought, was among friends.

But he was running as a Democrat, and he held high the banner of that party's orthodoxy. Mincing no words, Dwyre quickly denounced efforts to restrict legal abortion as "arrogant." In response to the prepared questions, he voiced unequivocal support for abortion rights. Would he support legislation that recognizes the personhood of the unborn? No. Legislation that includes the father in the decision process? No, "the state should not be involved." Legislation that requires informed consent by the mother? No, "no further protections are needed." Legislation that requires parental consent for minors? No.