Hey! When I got back from retreat, a couple of my ministers came to me to let me know that some people in the parish had been spreading around a story that I had told the Knights of Columbus that they couldn't have one of their clubs here at SOV2. I wanted to take a minute and let you all know that this is completely false. I know who is spreading these stories around, and I have to say that it is damaging the communion here at SOV2 and the culprits are not going to be allowed to participate in any ministries until they stop spreading scandal.
What really happened was this: I was approached this past winter by a couple of new parishioners who wanted to form a Knights of Columbus club at SOV2. After thinking about it for a while, and doing some research, I told them no. I have two objections. First, Maryann McGronk did some research too and gave me the following quote from Pope Leo XIII: "Under your guidance, let parents, religious instructors, and priests having the cure of souls, use every opportunity, in their Christian teaching, of warning their children and pupils of the infamous nature of these societies so that they may learn in good time to beware of the various and fraudulent artifices by which their promoters are accustomed to ensnare people."
Second, from everything I could see on their website, the Knights of Columbus basically worship priests and the pope. This stinks of CLERICALISM, and I have to say as pastor of this faith community that I won't have clericalism in my parish!
Also, Ché Lovell, who is very familiar with such things, told me that the Knights of Columbus is basically a right-wing beer drinking club who spend all their time harassing womyn about their choices and wearing funny hats. I don't want to judge (judge not, lest ye be judged), nor do I want to interfere with anyone's Freedom of Expression, but I have to say that such a club would be a distraction to the many ministries in our faith community.
Finally, as Ché pointed out, the Knights of Columbus club won't allow any womyn to join, which is very much against all our policies here at SOV2.
So I invited these guys to instead form a new SOV2 Myn's Club, and they are considering it. So you can see that the gossip and rumors that are being spread around are entirely baseless and false.