A reader asks

I was wondering if you were a member or if you have an opinion on the Knights of Columbus.

I joined the order as a First Degree member in October and have developed mixed feelings since then. On the one hand, they raise and donate so much money to charity, and log over a million hours of community service annually. On the other, they never really seem to get down to the nitty-gritty; they’re largely cheerleaders for the church who’d rather pay someone else to do the hard charity work (ie, they’d prefer to buy rosaries for an inner-city parish’s children than go down to that parish and cook breakfast for its members after Mass).

So, do you have any thoughts on this group? As you can tell, I think they have the best intentions, but their actions are frequently off the mark.

I’m afraid I don’t have much to say since I don’t belong to them and don’t know much about them. I’m generally a booster of lay apostolates and the few people I know who belong (such as Russell Shaw) do fine work. So my vague overall impression is favorable. For what it’s worth.