“There have been times in our country’s past when uninformed or prejudiced people questions whether Catholics could be good citizens or honest public servants,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson wrote in the letter.
“Sadly, it seems that in some quarters, this prejudice remains.”
The Supreme Knight noted that judicial-nominee Buescher’s “fitness for the federal bench” was questioned by Hirono and Harris, U.S. Senators, “precisely because our Order holds firm to the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of life and marriage.”
Senator Hirono had asked judicial-nominee Buescher if he would end his membership with the Knights of Columbus if confirmed, so as “to avoid any appearance of bias,” saying the organization “has taken a number of extreme positions.”
And Senator Harris described the Knights as “an all-male society,” and asked if Buescher was aware that the Knights of Columbus “opposed a woman’s right to choose” and were against “marriage equality” when he joined.