The Virginia State Council of the Knights of Columbus reaffirms the longstanding policy of the Knights of Columbus not to invite or bestow honors on public officials who do not support the protection of unborn children. This policy is based firmly on the position of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The State Council deeply regrets the violation of this policy by a council in Norfolk for its St. Patrick's Day Parade. We are conducting an investigation to determine how and why this occurred, and we will ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future.

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, and Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington and State Chaplain of the Virginia Knights of Columbus issued a:

 

Joint Statement on the Norfolk St. Patrick's Day Parade

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