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More on the Knights May 24, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, foolishness, General Catholic, scandals.

One thing that my blog has made me disturbingly aware of, is that many organizations and individuals emply bots to search the Internet for any reference to their names.  They can then go pounce on whatever coverage or discussion of them that they fell is negative.  That’s certainly their right, but it strikes me as paranoid.  It also strikes me as an attempt to shut down debate, which I hate more than just about anything. 

So, along that line, my little bloggie, my sweet, sweet li’l bloggie, got a press release from the Knight’s VP of Communications Patrick Korten.  It’s attached to my previous post.   The press release itself is quite stunning – the entire construct is a logical fallacy full of shroud waving, finger pointing, and a great big straw man at the end.  After wasting 95% of the press release explaining repeatedly what a great, pro-life organization the KoC is (which, ok, they generally are), they finally get to the meat of it:

There are those who believe that our time, resources and energy could be better spent hunting down a handful of members who constitute the rare exception. We disagree.

This is a complete misrepresentation of the situation.  Notice the words used – ‘hunting down.’  They are trying to create an impression of a witch hunt.  This is completely false.  I wrote earlier in response to the press release:

No one is advocating ‘hunting down’ members – what was requested, by individual councils, was to discipline high-profile members that are visibly misrepresenting the Catholic faith, or taking stances on important issues opposed to the doctrine of the faith. The senior leadership of the Knights have taken positive action from allowing councils to remove such members. Now, I am a Knight, and I know that Councils are supposed to have the ability to determine who, and who will not, be members. But, apparently, the Knights have two sets of rules – Joe Schmo, married father of 2, can get run out of a council for knocking up his girlfriend, but Joe Biden gets to remain a Knight in good standing in spite of being pro-abort, and repeatedly misrepresenting Church doctrine on life issues.

This situation is nothing but a negative for the Knights.  It is hurting them amongst their strongest supporters, the pro-life portion of the Catholic Church (how ridiculous to even have to make such a distinction).  

Michael Voris has more:

UPDATE: Fr. Christopher Phillips comments.

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