Supreme Knight Carl Anderson: A Man with a salary to smile about.
April 25, 2008 - A Catholic news website has published a letter from John O'Gorman of Concerned Roman Catholics of America, criticizing the fact that the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, purchased a full-page ad in the New York Times promoting his book, A Civilization of Love, What Every Catholic Can Do To Transform The World. O'Gorman complains that Anderson, "has his book promoted in a viciously anti-Catholic, pro-abortion newspaper shows once again the double standard within the Knights of Columbus."
Personally, I have no problem with a Catholic author promoting his book in a secular, even pro-abort newspaper, if there is a good chance that he might reach those who need to hear the message.
I am a bit more concerned about some other things...
O'Gorman points out that Anderson's annual salary as Supreme Knight is $1,167,721.
Now don't get me wrong, I am not one who begrudges successful people the riches they have worked for, but Anderson is in a bit of a different position.
As a former Knight, the first thing that struck me about attending the meetings was the absolute focus on fundraising. In fact, 80 to 90 percent of the official meeting time was devoted to talking about money, how it is raised and how it is to be dispensed. It just seems a bit, well, scandalous, that the leader of a Catholic organization devoted to charitable giving is taking so much of it for himself.
Even more disturbing is the fact that the Knights of Columbus have allowed pro-abortion "Catholic" politicians to remain members in good standing. In fact, an amendment to restore traditional marriage was defeated in the Massachusetts state legislature, because a majority of "Catholic" legislators, who were all members of the Knights of Columbus, voted against it. And Anderson, following the lead of many Catholic bishops, has done nothing to discipline the pro-abort "Catholics" who bring scandal and shame upon the order..
Perhaps the most poignant comment about Anderson's apparent duplicity comes from Ken Fisher, the President of Concerned Roman Catholics of America. Here are some of his questions:
Does "A Civilization of Love" include protecting pro-abortion, pro-sodomite high profile members' membership in an organization that professes to be the strong right arm of the Church?
Does "A Civilization of Love" include expelling from the Order those who bring attention to this scandal while retaining members who are bringing true scandal to the Order and more importantly the Faith?
Does "A Civilization of Love" of love include ignoring Resolutions passed at Supreme Council Meetings time after time that call for correction of this scandal within the Order?
Would Father McGivney be proud of his Knights today?
Parted of an article which appeared on stjohnsvaldosta.blogspot.com. Reprinted with permission