Knights of Columbus Come to the Rescue of Crux

Knights of Columbus Come to the Rescue of Crux

[The Knights more interested in selling insurance, renting their halls, and keeping their numbers up with members of dubious Catholic background – rather than standing by and for the Faith]

by Ryan Fitzgerald • Church Militant • March 20, 2016

Why are the Knights funding more left-wing Catholicism?

Many Catholics who care about the Church’s teachings may have been pleased to hear last week that the Boston Globe will be dropping all financial support for Crux, its left-leaning Catholic news and commentary website, effective April 1.

Shortly thereafter, those same Catholics may also have felt let down and perhaps even surprised on learning that Crux’s ideologically dubious presence will be preserved through the funds of the Knights of Columbus.

Many of Crux’s writers are notorious for challenging or obscuring the Church’s doctrines, prompting some bloggers to dismiss Crux as just another version of the dissident, “progressive” National Catholic Reporter (NCR, also known as the “Fishwrap”). As Fr. John Zuhlsdorf predicted shortly after its launch, “Crux might be a slicker, smarter Fishwrap on steroids.”

The question is: Why wouldn’t the Knights of Columbus just let this hub of leftist Catholicism die?

Sadly, the Knights of late haven’t exactly seemed too concerned about the mass confusion and heterodoxy in the Church that’s been spreading for the last several decades. But when one examines some of the organization’s recent moves, its decision to support a news outlet that only adds to further confusion is at least less of a shock.

In 2010, the leadership of the Knights gave explicit directives not to issue penalties for members who are prominent public figures and support morally corrupt social positions like abortion or gay “marriage.”

Then in 2011, two senators, David Carlucci and Joe Addabbo, both of whom are Knights, ended up casting the deciding votes to make same-sex “marriage” honored by law in New York. The response from the Knights of Columbus National Office? Silence. No action was taken.

The situation hasn’t improved in the last few years. In April 2015, one council of Knights in Indiana actually let two lesbians use its hall for their “wedding” reception — free of charge. The place was handed over to them after they reversed a previous approval of the hall’s usage because pro-homosexual activists harassed them. So they apologized to the couple and did them a favor. While the event took place, the state council considered a proposal that would outlaw such usage of its Knights’ halls, but after a vote no action was taken.

Also last year, the Knights of Columbus in Norfolk, Virginia chose Gov. Terry McAuliffe — a self-professed Catholic, pro-abort, pro-homosexual politician — to be Grand Marshal of the local St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Knights’ council #3548, which has been in charge of the parade for decades, defied two state bishops and a local pastor in favor of the governor.

Around the same time in Boston, the Knights were busy undermining a traditional Catholic school’s resignation from the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade after its organizers announced it would let a pro-homosexual group march. Once the school withdrew, the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus suddenly announced they would be joining the scandalous celebration. Days before the event, though, the State Deputy of the Knights had to pull out, blaming their inability to participate on faithful Catholics who “politicized” the march.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Knights of Columbus swooped in to rescue a misleading outlet of leftist Catholicism. And while this isn’t to deny the many good works of the Knights, maybe their reputation would be better served if they used their abundant resources to stand with Truth instead of compromising with the worldly spirit of the age.

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    [The Catholic Lodge saves the Modernist day!]

    Crux will continue with the Knights of Columbus as its partner

    Crux will live to see another day.

    Veteran Vatican reporter John L. Allen Jr., associate editor of Crux, and the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, have announced that they will enter into a partnership in which Crux will remain an independent news outlet headed by Allen and Vatican correspondent Inés San Martín.

    Allen said the joint project is designed to make one of the world’s best known Catholic news platforms even stronger. The partnership will combine the Knights’ resources and spirit of service with the journalistic experience and commitment of Crux.

    As part of the project, Catholic Pulse, a news and commentary website operated by the Knights of Columbus, will merge with Crux, adding its resources to Crux’s blend of staff-generated reporting and analysis with pieces by respected guest contributors. The Crux website will feature the tagline: “Keeping its finger on the Catholic Pulse.”

    The announcement comes less than a week after The Boston Globe announced that it would no longer support Crux financially, citing a lack of advertising revenue. The Globe launched the Catholic website in September, 2014 with Allen as its lead reporter, San Martín based in Rome, Michael O’Loughlin as national reporter, and Margery Eagan as a spirituality columnist. Other columnists and freelancers rounded out the editorial features.

    The Globe is turning the site’s assets over to Allen, and will help him with his transition to the new website.

    Reporting and analysis by Allen and San Martín will continue to focus primarily on the Vatican, the Church, and Catholic issues generally, as well as international religious freedom. Allen said the aim is to ensure that informed, responsible, and fair journalism helps to set the tone for discussion of Catholic affairs in the United States and around the world. Over time, plans call for additional contributors to add their commentary to the lineup.

    The Knights will respect the editorial freedom of Crux, Allen said, trusting it to present news and commentary in a way that serves the good of the Church.

    “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to join together in this important venture and look forward to this partnership with Crux, and with its principals, John Allen and Inés San Martín, as they continue to build on their record of thoughtful and intelligent journalism and commentary,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Crux is an important voice and key source of news for Catholics and about Catholic issues, and we are very pleased to be able to keep this important voice speaking to the Church and to the world.”

    “We are thrilled with this partnership with the Knights of Columbus,” Allen said. “The Knights are one of the most dynamic and effective Catholic organizations in the world, and their generosity will help ensure that Crux can continue telling the broad Catholic story.”

    Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston added: “We are very pleased to know that the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring Crux going forward. The original launch of this innovative forum for reporting news and sharing conversations concerning the Catholic Church was a great encouragement. We appreciate The Boston Globe having provided the startup for Crux, and are confident that the Knights of Columbus, under the capable leadership of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, will achieve new levels of success with this important communications tool, on behalf of the work of the Church and the good of the wider community.”

    The plans are for Knights of Columbus to be the main sponsor and partner. Crux will also continue to solicit advertising and may allow some level of additional co-sponsorship, especially for the coverage of specific topic areas that align with the joint Knights/Crux mission of providing quality Catholic journalism.

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