posted on Nov, 25 2002 @ 07:22 PM
Ok, this strain caught my eye, so I dug up some of the research I did on the Knights of Columbus...founded 1882 in the U.S. by Father P.McGivney of
New Haven Connecticut. The Roman Catholic paper La Croix (Paris) Dec.20, 1913 estimates its membership at little over 300,000. The Order has four
degrees and is headed by a Grand Master, six Provincial Grand Masters and a General Secretary. The U.S. was divided into 6 provinces each with a
P.Grand Master, in turn, each was divided into districts administered by a Master of the 4th Degree, appointed by the P. Grand Masters for a period of
two years. Each District was sub-divided into councils or chapters. (Does any of this sound familiar?) The Verite of Quebec, a paper in Canada, in
August 1913 put the number of councils at 1630. The Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus at that time was James O'Flaherty, Martin H. Carmody,
William J. McGinley, Daniel J. Callahan and Joseph C. Pelletier. Here is where the 'schism' comes in. Under cover of being an association for mutual
help, it had recruited a considerable number of members who believed that the Order was fully approved by Church authorities. When, however, its
activities took on the appearance of a Masonic society with initiation rituals, symbolism, and secret oaths, many among the Catholic Clergy became
alarmed. Their fears were well founded when it came to light that the leaders of the Knights of Columbus were having fraternal exchanges of all kinds
with the Oddfellows, Templars, and other Masonic bodies. This was furthermore supported when, in 1915, the Knights of Columbus petitioned the Pope to
allow their members to become, at least in the U.S., regular Freemasons. The result of the request is not known, or at least, unverifiable, by myself,
although I have a pretty good idea. Owing to the amount of power the K of C had in the U.S., I'm sure that the Pope may accede to this 'minor'
request, it being in the best interest of the relationship between European Catholicism and burgeoning American Catholicism. I have more but it is not
relevant at this time to mention. I'm sure I'm going to get plenty of disagreement from even this small bit, so I'm saving my ammo.