Cardinal Roger Mahony, retired archbishop of Los Angeles, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson are pictured at the States Dinner during the 130th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Anaheim, Calif.
Catholic News Service
The Knights of Columbus “have worked tirelessly” to help U.S. Catholics recognize and oppose efforts to “redefine and restrict the exercise of the right to religious freedom,” said a message signed by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state.
The theme chosen for the Knights’ convention in Anaheim, Calif., “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land,” is a reminder not only of “the great biblical ideals of freedom and justice which shaped the founding of the United States of America, but also the responsibility of each new generation to preserve, defend and advance those great ideals in its own day,” the cardinal wrote.
The Knights of Columbus, which include about 1.8 million members in the United States and elsewhere, has actively supported the U.S. bishops’ campaigns to strengthen traditional marriage, defend the traditional definition of marriage and defend religious freedom. The Knights also have publicly opposed the Obama Administration efforts to force most Catholic employers to include contraception in the health insurance plans they offer employees.