Catholic World Report
facebook twitter RSS
The Dispatch: More from CWR

After denying a Knights of Columbus group student-club status on the grounds that it discriminated against non-Catholics, Gonzaga University today announced that it will be recognizing the group as an official student organization. From the Spokane, Washington Spokesman Review:

“This sponsorship is granted under the University’s Standards for On-Campus Religious Activities Policy,” said spokeswoman Mary Joan Hahn.

The KOC can use the university’s name in its title; raise money on campus to advance its mission and activities; use campus facilities, including for the purposes of hosting events; and recruit members and participants in membership activities.

“As with other student organizations, it is obligated to follow university policies and procedures,” Hahn said.

Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh began a review of the policy earlier this month after student activities officials decided the Knights of Columbus did not qualify for club status since it excluded women and non-Catholics.

News of the denial spread fast, mostly through religious periodicals. The Catholic community, including GU alumni and parents of current students, decried what many called a hypocritical decision.

In addition to overturning the ruling, McCullough also has told the student activities department to review and update the Clubs and Organizations Recognition Policy, ”with the goal of more clearly and explicitly identifying benefits of recognition and criteria for club eligibility,” Hahn said. “The revisions are expected to be in place in time for the coming academic year.”


About the Author
Catherine Harmon

Catherine Harmon is managing editor of Catholic World Report.
Write a comment

All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated. While vigorous debate is welcome and encouraged, please note that in the interest of maintaining a civilized and helpful level of discussion, comments containing obscene language or personal attacks—or those that are deemed by the editors to be needlessly combative and inflammatory—will not be published. Thank you.

View all Comments

Catholic World Report