Many Catholics who care about the Church's teachings may have been pleased to hear last week that the Boston Globe will be dropping all financial support for Crux, its left-leaning Catholic news and commentary website, effective April 1.
Shortly thereafter, those same Catholics may also have felt let down and perhaps even surprised on learning that Crux's ideologically dubious presence will be preserved through the funds of the Knights of Columbus.
Many of Crux's writers are notorious for challenging or obscuring the Church's doctrines, prompting some bloggers to dismiss Crux as just another version of the dissident, "progressive" National Catholic Reporter (NCR, also known as the "Fishwrap"). As Fr. John Zuhlsdorf predicted shortly after its launch, "Crux might be a slicker, smarter Fishwrap on steroids."
The question is: Why wouldn't the Knights of Columbus just let this hub of leftist Catholicism die?
Sadly, the Knights of late haven't exactly seemed too concerned about the mass confusion and heterodoxy in the Church that's been spreading for the last several decades. But when one examines some of the organization's recent moves, its decision to support a news outlet that only adds to further confusion is at least less of a shock.
In 2010, the leadership of the Knights gave explicit directives not to issue penalties for members who are prominent public figures and support morally corrupt social positions like abortion or gay "marriage."
Then in 2011, two senators, David Carlucci and Joe Addabbo, both of whom are Knights, ended up casting the deciding votes to make same-sex "marriage" honored by law in New York. The response from the Knights of Columbus National Office? Silence. No action was taken.
The situation hasn't improved in the last few years. In April 2015, one council of Knights in Indiana actually let two lesbians use its hall for their "wedding" reception — free of charge. The place was handed over to them after they reversed a previous approval of the hall's usage because pro-homosexual activists harassed them. So they apologized to the couple and did them a favor. While the event took place, the state council considered a proposal that would outlaw such usage of its Knights' halls, but after a vote no action was taken.
Also last year, the Knights of Columbus in Norfolk, Virginia chose Gov. Terry McAuliffe — a self-professed Catholic, pro-abort, pro-homosexual politician — to be Grand Marshal of the local St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Knights' council #3548, which has been in charge of the parade for decades, defied two state bishops and a local pastor in favor of the governor.
Around the same time in Boston, the Knights were busy undermining a traditional Catholic school's resignation from the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade after its organizers announced it would let a pro-homosexual group march. Once the school withdrew, the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus suddenly announced they would be joining the scandalous celebration. Days before the event, though, the State Deputy of the Knights had to pull out, blaming their inability to participate on faithful Catholics who "politicized" the march.
Therefore, it's no surprise that the Knights of Columbus swooped in to rescue a misleading outlet of leftist Catholicism. And while this isn't to deny the many good works of the Knights, maybe their reputation would be better served if they used their abundant resources to stand with Truth instead of compromising with the worldly spirit of the age.