To keep ponyman from hijacking another thread I thought I’d open this one. For openers here is a quote from the other thread, from ponyman:
[quote=ponyman]Would you consider the Wikipedia definition of the KofC to be correct? I quote it below:
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Roman Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in the United States in 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus and dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. There are more than 1.7 million members in 14,000 councils, with nearly 200 councils on college campuses. Membership is limited to “practical Catholic” men aged 18 or older.
Councils have been chartered in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, the Philippines, Guam, Saipan, Japan, Cuba, and most recently in Poland. The Knights’ official junior organization, the Columbian Squires, has over 5,000 Circles. All the Order’s ceremonials and business meetings are restricted to members though all other events are open to the public. A promise not to reveal any details of the ceremonials except to an equally qualified Knight is required to ensure their impact and meaning for new members; an additional clause subordinates the promise to that Knight’s civil and religious duties.
In the 2006 fraternal year the Order gave US$143.8 million directly to charity (1.1 Billion in charitable contributions in the last 10 years) and performed over 68 million man hours of voluntary service. For their support for the Church and local communities, as well as for their philanthropic efforts, the Order is often referred to as the “strong right arm of the Church”. The Order’s insurance program has more than $60 billion of life insurance policies in force and holds the highest insurance ratings given by A. M. Best, Standard & Poor’s, and the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association.
Is it true that meetings are not open to any person except the members?
Is it true that you take oaths?
Is it true that you have “secrets” which may not be revealed to anyone except another “Knight.”
Is there a promise which involves your civil and religious duties?
My, my, this sounds an awful lot like the Masonic Fraternity to me. How is it then that you can be so condemning of the Masons and not of yourselves since it appears that you do at least everything that the Masons do? How about telling us non-Knights all of your secrets and oaths so that you will not have secrets anymore and enlighten us?
It sounds to me like you are so bold to condemn others for the same things you are doing. Let’s talk about that log in your eye again. Maybe this is precisely what Christ was talking about.
Come on, let’s have the whole truth here, especially if you are going to condemn others for the same things you are doing.
God bless, folks!