NEW HAVEN, Conn., Apr 23 ( – The head of the 1.6 million member Catholic lay-men’s organization, the Knights of Columbus defended the Vatican against attacks from a group calling itself “Catholics for a Free Choice” (CFFC). While the UN has granted NGO status to CFFC, Supreme Knight Virgil C. Dechant said in a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that CFFC “is not Catholic in any recognizable sense of the word.”  An April 16 letter released Tuesday noted that the CFFC “represents no one and no real issues.  The organization’s virtually nonexistent membership seeks support for a pro-abortion, anti-family agenda. The only activity that it undertakes is issuing antagonistic statements, from time to time, in hopes of embarrassing the Catholic Church while calling attention to itself.”

Dechant described the attempt of CFFC to procure withdrawal of United Nations permanent observer status from the Holy See a “meaningless and vindictive attack”, illustrating the CFFC’s “own irrelevance and ignorance.”

Concluding, the Supreme Knight recalled the “important and gentle service the Holy See, through its Permanent Observer Mission in New York, has rendered and continues to render, in a multitude of ways, to the international community” and asked the UN chief to recognize this contribution.

See the complete letter from the Knights.


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