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Scott P. Richert

Join the Knights of Columbus in a Novena for Pope Benedict

By April 11, 2010

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The Knights of Columbus, the largest Catholic service organization in the world, have taken the recent attacks on Pope Benedict XVI very seriously. Starting on April 11, and running through April 19, the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father's election as the 265th pope of the Catholic Church, the Knights are asking Catholics worldwide (but especially in the United States) to join in a novena for Pope Benedict XVI.

The vicious attacks keep coming, and I will have much more to say about them this week. For now, suffice it to say that every case that has been brought forward in an attempt to show that Cardinal Ratzinger, before his election as pope, was engaged in a cover-up of clerical sexual abuse has turned out to show nothing of the sort. The irony in all of this is that, both as secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and as pope, the Holy Father has done more than any other leader in the Catholic Church to try to clean up the mess caused by perverted priests and bishops who cared more for their own good names than for the good of their flocks.

Please join the Knights of Columbus in praying their Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI, and please also show your support for Pope Benedict by leaving a message telling us that you're praying the novena.

April 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(1) Michael O'Neill says:

I do hope all will either say this Novena or at least a little prayer.
The Holy Father has done more to right this problem than any one else.

April 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm
(2) Scott says:

Thanks, Scott. Glad to see you getting the word out about this. -From a 4th Degree Knight.

April 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(3) Mary says:

Thank you Scott for being there to defend the Truth. As I have said in another comment, this Pope has done so much for the Church within these few years he has been on the Seat of Peter.

I always wonder why sexual abuse of any kind in the Catholic Church attracts so much virulent attacks, yet it happens in other Churches and no one makes it a cereer to scream at them.

Here in my own country, Kenya a recent survey has revealed that one out of 4 children in the family have been sexually molested by either the father, brother, uncle or a close relative. (The latest shocking one was when a father defiles his 3 year-old child). Are these men celibate like the Catholic Priests? Ofit let be repeated, again and again, for all to hear, there are sinners in all Churches and in all walks of life. Even among the 12 Apostles of Jesus there was a betrayer. How many more sinners do we have, now that we are over 1 billion Catholics worldwide?

But the reality is that the greatest Saints and holiest men and women are found in the Catholic Church and God has, over the centuries, always raised them at a time when the Church needed renewal. Our 2 thousand years’ history bears this out. But then, those who do not want to hear the truth will not hear it even if it is shouted at them from the sky. So let us pray for all the Catholic Church haters.

April 17, 2010 at 2:26 am
(4) Michael Ezzo says:

To Mary : Catholicism gets attacked (while others guilty of the same sin go unnoticed) because the world knows that the Catholic Church claims to be Christ’s One True Church on earth. And it is. As horrible as these false claims against
the Holy Father are, they should not be cause for sadness, but joy, because they only prove exactly what Jesus said would happen to His Church. (Of course the pope knows this, which is why he doesn’t spend his time answering
the charges).

I believe God holds us to higher standards of morality, and the world knows this. Which is why it attacks us and not other religions. God demands that we be the salt of the earth, and He uses cases like this to galvanize us, to chastise us, to rally our piety, so that the salt doesn’t lose its savor. So let’s rejoice, but let us never fall back into complacency. Because from those to whom more has been given, more will be demanded.

April 21, 2010 at 4:06 am
(5) EMMANUEL S. MOLU [KSM] says:

I join my brother Knight of Columbus in this novena. The Holy Ghost has taken control of the situation. The teachings of the church are always guided by the spirit and it will ever be so.

April 24, 2010 at 5:54 am
(6) Emily Julius says:

Yes,we will be joining you in prayers.

April 28, 2010 at 11:34 am
(7) Sandy Boletchek says:

Hello and I cannot express how much I so appreciate your articles and thank you. I have done much reading and searching for information regarding the current attacks on our church. It appears from all the statistics that our church is not more guilty than any other denomination and not more guilty than other vocation. We have bad people in all walks of life and to target just one denomination is unjust and unfair to say the least. All offenders need to be made accountable fro crimes against children. Several articles etc have stated that the reason we are being attacked , our church as a whole, is that our church is very wealthy an
most others denominations are not. Our KOC gave away to charities over 1.1 billion the last 10 plus years for the benefit of our great country. We are indeed guilty of having some bad people as priests etc but mostly they are Godly people. Sandy Boletchek

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