Monday, August 24, 2020

New survey on the Traditional Latin Mass in the U.S.

Brother Knights,

The new Christus Vincit Foundation is conducting a survey to assess the needs and growth of the Traditional Latin Mass in the United States. You are welcome to learn more about the group (which has the blessing of Bishop Athanasius Schneider) at this link and take the survey:

- Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network

Monday, August 17, 2020

Knights of Columbus Resolution on Christopher Columbus

The following resolution was approved by the Knights of Columbus at the 138th Supreme Convention that defends the legacy of Christopher Columbus:


WHEREAS, in 1492 Christopher Columbus obtained permission and financial support from the King and Queen of Spain to sail west across the Atlantic Ocean in search of new trade routes; and

WHEREAS, on October 12 of that year, Columbus’ expedition landed in what is today the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, immediately erecting a cross and naming the island San Salvador, in honor of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World; and

WHEREAS, Columbus set forth a policy that his men were to treat the native people in the new world with respect and sentenced to death men who disobeyed this order, which resulted in his own arrest and return to Spain in chains; and

WHEREAS, the 16th century historian Bartolom√© de las Casas, who exposed terrible abuses of native peoples, defended Columbus’ motivations saying, “…I knew him well and I know his intentions are good;” and

WHEREAS, on the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ first voyage to the Americas, Pope Leo XIII reflected on Columbus’ strong Catholic faith writing, “it is fitting that we should confess and celebrate in an especial manner the will and designs of the Eternal Wisdom, under whose guidance the discoverer of the New World placed himself with a devotion so touching,” and ordered the celebration of Solemn Mass of the Most Holy Trinity in honor of the occasion; and

WHEREAS, U.S. President Benjamin Harrison similarly commemorated the anniversary by declaring a national Columbus holiday that year to provide, “expressions of gratitude to Divine Providence for the devout faith of the discoverer, and for the divine care and guidance which has directed our history and so abundantly blessed our people;” and

WHEREAS, following this anniversary of Columbus’ voyage, memorials and celebrations in honor of Columbus became popular in the United States as ways to celebrate the Catholic history of the Western Hemisphere and to speak out against anti-Catholicism in the United States; and

WHEREAS, at the height of the nativist and anti-Catholic sentiment of the late 19th century, Columbus was chosen as the Order’s namesake because he was  one of the few Catholics considered a hero of American history, and because the founding members of the Order  believed the explorer symbolized that faithful Catholics can also be patriotic  American citizens; and

WHEREAS, in 1906 the Knights of Columbus advocated for the construction of a monument in Washington, DC in honor of Columbus and, when it was completed in 1912, President William Howard Taft presided at the dedication ceremony which was attended by several foreign ambassadors, thousands of Knights of Columbus, and thousands more interested spectators leading to the observation that “every possible vantage point was filled;” and

WHEREAS, several states began establishing holidays in honor of Columbus and, following the strong urging of the Knights of Columbus and several civic organizations, the United States declared Columbus Day a federal holiday in 1937; and

WHEREAS, the strong Catholic identity associated with Columbus Day led the Ku Klux Klan to denounce the celebration of the holiday as a “papal fraud” and even burn a cross at a Knights of Columbus celebration of Columbus Day in Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, to further accomplish its anti-Catholic goals in the United States, the Klan, and other nativist forces, began the trend of disparaging Columbus suggesting he was not a hero of western history, but rather just another foreign conqueror who was guilty of genocide, slavery, and oppression; and

WHEREAS, in recent years, these claims have been repeated leading to the propagation of further misinformation about Columbus and actions to abolish references to Columbus and remove monuments and commemorations to Columbus’ life – many of which were first established by Catholic immigrants seeking to establish  their place in American culture and fight discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus remains steadfast in its support of Christopher Columbus as our namesake; state and federal holidays established in his honor; and, public monuments and commemorations dedicated to his life and historical contributions; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call on state and local leaders to establish separate monuments, or other commemorations, that properly honor the contributions and centuries-long history of the native people of North America; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, that we commit our prayers for greater civility, peace, and understanding between all peoples to the intercession of our Blessed Mother, Patroness of the Americas, and namesake of Columbus’ lead ship on that historic 15th century journey.

Friday, August 14, 2020

August 14: 130th anniversary of Fr. McGivney's death

Brother Knights,

Today, August 14, is the 130th anniversary of Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney's passing into eternal life. He will be beatified October 31 in Hartford, Connecticut.   

The Knights just released a new video about the miracle surrounding his beatification: and passed a resolution at the 138th Supreme Convention regarding Fr. McGivney’s miracle:

Let us continue to pray the prayer for his canonization:


God,  our  Father,  protector  of  the  poor  and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your  priest,  Father  Michael  J.  McGivney,  to be  an  apostle  of  Christian  family  life  and  to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor.

Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. 

Let  the  inspiration  of  your  servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so  that  we  may  continue  his  work  of  caring for  the  needy  and  the  outcast.  We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father   Michael   J.   McGivney   on   earth according to the design of  your  holy  will.

Through his intercession, grant the favor I now   present   (here   make   your   request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father


Deus qui et pater noster et protector pauperum orphanos atque viduas defendis, sacerdotem tuum Patrem Michaelem apostolum familiae Christinae vocasti et ductorem iuvenum proposuisti ut proximis inservirent.  Per eius imitationem et virtutem, fac ut proxime sequamur filium tuum Jesum Christum caritatis mandatum perficientes ut Corpus eius quod est Ecclesia aedificetur. 

Inspirati servi tui exemplo et amore tuo prompti exsequamur confidentius opera caritatis quibus corroborentur et curentur egentes et derelicti.  Suppliciter exoramus ut super terra et secundum sanctam voluntatem tuam, venerabilem servum glorifices Patrem Michaelem J. McGivney.  Per intercessionem eius, da ut quod praesens peto  (______) fiat, per Christum Dominum Nostrum.

Pater Noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri…

Lastly, Crisis Magazine featured a column this week about our founder and our name sake, Christopher Columbus and the crisis of our times. You can read it here: 

- Traditional Knights Latin Mass Network