The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal organization dedicated to serving the least, last and lost across the globe through a variety of charitable, philanthropic and volunteer efforts.
But somehow that group doesn’t pass muster at Gonzaga University, this despite the university’s catholic/Jesuit heritage – there’s a building on campus named after the Knights of Columbus and the school falls under the umbrella of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).
But administrators recently denied a student group’s request to revive a defunct Knights of Columbus chapter.
“The Knights of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men’s organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership,” Sue Weitz, vice president for student life, stated in a letter. “These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University.”
Eric Owens of The Daily Caller reports:
… Weitz’s letter went on to explain that she feels “strongly” about Gonzaga’s “commitment to non-discrimination and inclusivity” and is troubled by the fact that “all members of a student Knights of Columbus group must be Catholic.”
“If Gonzaga was an institution that served only Catholics and limited the benefits of the collegiate experience only to them, the decision-making process may have been different,” she also opined. “To embrace the diversity and yet endorse a group based on faith exclusivity is a challenge that cannot be reconciled at this time.”