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2023.3 ​Practical Catholicity

By Bob Goss, State Treasurer

Vol. 4, 2016-2017


Practical Catholicity - Section 168.1 (ODR)

Section 168.1 of the Laws of the Order provides that “[a]ny member of this Order shall, ipso facto, forfeit his membership in the Order . . . [w]ho shall fail to remain a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See.”At its meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on August 8, 2013, the Supreme Council unanimously passed a resolution, submitted by the State of Louisiana, confirming the Order's longstanding practice of deferring to the judgment of priests and bishops to determine the practical Catholicity of members of the Knights of Columbus.

Priests and bishops, by virtue of their training and experience, understand that determining a member’s practical Catholicity is a pastoral decision that requires consideration of numerous factors. It has been the longstanding practice of the Knights of Columbus that in questions relating to a member’s practical Catholicity, Council officers recognize and defer to the judgment of appropriate ecclesiastical authorities, in most instances that of their Council Chaplain.

Accordingly, in applying Section 168.1 of the Laws of the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Columbus will respect and defer to the judgment of priests and bishops in determining the practical Catholicity of such member.


ODR under Council and Assembly Issues, 8. Insurance

Here is the contact information for Lockton Affinity Insurance, which will issue the parish and Diocese Certificate of Insurance, naming the parish and Diocese as additional insured.

The Supreme Council encourages all state and local councils to consider this program carefully. For more information, or for a free, no-obligation quote please contact Lockton Affinity at 1-800-496-0288. You may also contact them by email at CouncilInsurance@locktonaffinity.com or visit them online athttp://councilinsuranceprogram.com/

Available Coverages:

Property, Liability. Hired and Non-Owned Auto, Liquor Liability. Workers Compensation, Business Auto, Employee Dishonesty, Crime Coverage, Special Events Coverage, Umbrella Liability, Sexual Abuse and Molestation.

Charity and other Supreme and Texas fees

Charity – our 1st principle.


Bylaws Online — Section 3. Each member shall pay annual dues. The annual dues of members shall be <Council Dues Amount>, except honorary members who shall pay the sum of State and Supreme Council per capita charges and levies

Dues – based on Supreme and Texas fees - - money must be sent to Supreme and Texas State Council

  • ODR - All moneys received from any source are council funds. See Section 122(a). In other words, these funds are not the property of any officer or member.
  • Quick rule> Council moneys are deposited by the Treasurer in approved accounts. Council members know that their council’s money has been deposited because of the reading of receipts and vouchers of deposit.
  • The Laws of the Order provide that all expenditures of council funds must be approved by the Board of Trustees, except in certain circumstances. The approval is not needed when a council pays out (a) Benefit Fund money; (b) demands of the Supreme Council, Board of Directors, or State Council; (c) the regular and usual stated payments of the council; or (d) payments in excess of $500 authorized by the council after notice and vote under Section 122. See Sections 140.4 and 145. Section 135.4 provides a procedure for these payments.
  • Even in the case of moneys due to the Supreme Council, which do not require a council vote, the Treasurer pays “the Supreme Council all moneys assessed by it or by the Board of Directors against his council upon order drawn and signed by the Financial Secretary and countersigned by the Grand Knight.” See Section 140.3.



  • Keep the receipt with description - - give it to FS & COUNCIL KEEPS

Credit Cards

CAUTION is the word.From the ODR:

a. Obtaining and Issuing Cards

The council is responsible for obtaining any credit/debit cards for its cardholders and establishing the credit or withdrawal limits for each card.The Treasurer shall issue the credit/debit cards to each cardholder.The credit/debit card is the property of the council.

Prior to receiving a card, each cardholder is required to sign the "Cardholder Agreement" (“Agreement”) found below and send the executed Agreement to the Financial Secretary.Any cardholders who violate the Agreement, these rules, or the Order’s rules for handling funds should have their card privileges revoked and may be subject to disciplinary action.

b. Types of Expenses

Council credit/debit cards shall only be used to pay for council-related expenses.Personal purchases of any type are strictly prohibited. The cardholder is responsible for all charges made on that card that is issued to him. The cardholder will be held liable for any unauthorized charges appearing on the card statement.

All council expenditures must be authorized and approved for payment in accordance with the Laws of the Knights of Columbus.Any expenditures that exceed $500 must be approved in accordance with the requirements set forth within Section 122(b) of the Laws of the Order.

b. Requirement to Obtain Alert Notifications (section is marked “b” again)

If the company that issued the card offers cardholders the option to receive alert notifications, the council is required to instruct the card company to issue alert notifications to each cardholder.

c. Procedures for Using a Credit/Debit Card

Before any purchase or payment is made, the cardholder must confirm that the expenditure has been authorized and approved by the council and a voucher (also known as an Order on Treasurer or a Warrant Voucher) has been issued by the Financial Secretary and countersigned by the Grand Knight in compliance with the Laws of the Order.

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