YOU HAVE ANY OBJECTIONS ?
THE ORGANIZATION IS NOT SPIRITUAL ENOUGH
Knights of Columbus is not a spirituality movement. Its spiritual “persuasion” is that of the Catholic Church. Men join the Order as Catholics, with differing and complementarity degrees of spiritual sensitivity. What they share is a devotion to the Catholic faith and its social and moral teachings, and a strong desire to serve their parish and priest with a missionary zeal.
THE NAME DOESN’T CORRESPOND TO FRENCH REALITY
The beauty of an adventure is not measured solely by marketing or communications criteria. Every country could have chosen a more fitting name with greater appeal. However, we believe that the mission is not tied to a certain name, brand or logo. Keeping the movement’s original name and codes is a gesture of humility and obedience that enables us to move beyond names and conventions that a very French-centric public might find disconcerting and focus more on project substance.
YOU’RE A BUNCH OF MALE CHAUVINISTS!
We realize that our wives and other women may not always understand a man’s need to “be with the guys.” Often, it’s in these men-only environments, like on sports fields, that we are able to set aside social rules, forget about social status and hang out like pals, equal in our inadequacy to serve. But we never forget that a married man's first priority is to serve, protect and cherish his wife.
I DON’T HAVE ANY TIME TO GIVE
Councils are deliberately organized in a fairly standard way. The methodology used to oversee programs requires a commitment of only 1 hour per month (duration of the monthly meeting). This equates to 1/720th of your time. The time commitment is even more painless when there is a good turnout and the projects are simple and realistic.
THE SPIRIT OF CHIVALRY IS RETROGRADE
The spirit of service and fraternity is neither conservative nor outdated. Some of the organization’s outward appearances may seem unconventional to some people. We believe that the spirit of chivalry and its underlying drivers (inclusion, recognition, rituals, a sense of commitment, keeping promises, etc.) are extremely relevant in these troubled times. We are convinced that men of good faith must get to know each other in order to be better able to love one another and to share their visions, plans and talents to help spread the gospel in our country.
THIS IS A TYPICAL AMERICAN ORGANIZATION
Although the model is American-inspired, the organization has spread to over fifteen countries throughout the world. The issue of inculturation is important and we believe that the French spirit can be enriched by embracing good practices from abroad (such as simplicity in relationships, methodology, expression of needs, making promises, sharing good practices, and spiritual and cultural enrichment).
IN FRANCE, IT HAS TO BE “MADE IN FRANCE”
We like taking risks. There is indeed a French culture of promoting typical French movements often inspired by a certain brand of spirituality or charisma. French Knights of Columbus are extremely proud of their French identity and this identity is a source of strength for the movement at the international level. We seek to promote Father McGivney’s vision in France, in a context similar to that which led to the creation of the organization: men having lost their way, a fragile society, and the challenges of missionary work.
SCOUTING IS OLD FASHIONED AND FOR DREAMERS
Knights of Columbus are not over-the-hill romantic boy scouts, clubs of self-righteous do-gooders, or Christian schemers. That’s not the intention at all. The movement is very simple and modest, embodying the ideal of men coming together in their local parishes and in camaraderie with their priests to pool their talents and work on projects. We use our combined talents to promote the teachings of the Catholic Church. In no way is membership a means of avoiding or escaping family or professional obligations.