Knights of Columbus Texas State Council Crusade for Life Resolution

August 16, 2014

KofC logoWHEREAS, in keeping with the spirit of Saint Pope John Paul II’s pro-life encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Crusade for Life); and recognizing that, as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds us, “All issues don’t carry the same moral weight, and the moral obligation to oppose intrinsically evil acts has a special claim on our consciences and our actions”; and

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus have opposed any laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide because these laws are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life of each person; and

WHEREAS, the Knights of Columbus has committed to match funds raised by local councils to purchase ultrasound machines to be used by qualified clinics in the care of pregnant women, especially those in crisis;

BE IT RESOLVED, that we continue to support laws and other governmental actions prohibiting abortion, destructive embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, and requiring parental notification and consent for minors seeking an abortion, and will continue to seek the restoration of full legal protection for the lives of the unborn, the sick, persons with disabilities and the elderly; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus continue to stand with and support our bishops in their 2005 campaign opposing the use of capital punishment in the United States, and that the Knights of Columbus better advocate this position; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we pledge to continue the activities of the Knights of Columbus at all levels to inform, educate and motivate both our own members and the public at large, including public officials who take a so called “pro-choice” position, regarding the dignity and sanctity of human life at all stages and the evils of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide and other offenses against life; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we affirm our policy of not inviting to any Knights of Columbus event, persons, especially public officials or candidates for public office, who do not support legal protection of unborn children or who advocate the legalization of euthanasia; and not allowing such persons to rent or otherwise use facilities which we control; and not bestowing upon them honors or privileges of our Order of any type; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we staunchly oppose any and all efforts by the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and any State Legislature that would force health plans, health institutions and providers to offer services that violate the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services and which deprive individuals and institutions of their freedom of conscience by taking away the liberty to follow ethical, moral or religious beliefs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that while recognizing the natural rights of parents and the dignity of children, we urge our government to streamline social services and laws to facilitate adoption so that suitable families may welcome into their homes children who are in need of care; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus continue to support in every manner possible the Gabriel Project and other similar ministries which provides women facing crises pregnancies love, physical care, spiritual, emotional and financial support; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus continue to support in every manner possible Project Rachel which provides love, comfort, counseling and spiritual support to women who suffer from emotional, physical and psychological after-effects from abortion; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Supreme Council for the consideration and edification of all delegates attending the 132nd Supreme Council Convention in Orlando, Florida and a copy to the Texas Legislature, the Governor of Texas, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Congress and to the President of the United States.

Submitted: State Officers