Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

August 07, 2008 13:51 ET

Knights of Columbus Adopt Resolution Opposing Abortion and Other "Offenses Against Life" and Challenging Catholic Office Holders

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2008) - Delegates to the annual international convention of the Knights of Columbus today adopted a resolution opposing "any governmental action or policy that promotes abortion, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, euthanasia, assisted suicide and other offenses against life."

The delegates also challenged "our fellow Catholics who are elected officials to be true to the faith they claim to profess by acting bravely and publicly in defense of life, affirming with Pope Benedict XVI that 'there can be no room for purely private religion.'"

The resolution stated that the organization reaffirms its "commitment to building a culture of life by promoting policies that favor the family," and reaffirmed the organization's "long standing policy of not inviting to any Knights of Columbus event persons, especially public officials or candidates for public office, who do not support the legal protection of unborn children."

The resolution on life issues follows by several days the opening convention address by Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, in which he called on Catholic voters to "stop accommodating pro-abortion politicians," and encouraged them to "say 'no' to every candidate of every political party who supports abortion."

Convention delegates adopted resolutions dealing with other public policy issues as well, including defense of marriage, religious liberty, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, decency on the Internet and in the media, Catholic education, and the Pledge of Allegiance. The texts of all the resolutions can be found at:

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest organization of Catholic laymen. It was founded in 1882, and has more than 1.75 million members in North and Central America, Asia and Europe.

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