I'm glad to see all this thought provoking information about the Knights of Columbus, I've been quite curious about them since I begun looking into secret societies, the occult and symbolism a few years ago. I have 4 family members that are Knights of Columbus and I've talked about my own personal research in the symbolism of their emblem with one of them.
I told him about things like how the fasces was also a fascist symbol used by Mussolini and the Italian Fascists. He kept telling me that I got the meaning of the symbols wrong gave me these definitions of the symbols from their site.
"The emblem indicates a shield mounted upon the Formée cross (having the arms narrow at the center and expanding toward the ends). The shield is that associated with a medieval knight. The Formée cross is the representation of a traditional artistic design of the cross of Christ through which all graces of redemption were procured for mankind. This then represents the Catholic spirit of the Order.
Mounted on the shield are three objects: a fasces (a bundle of rods bound together about an ax with the blade projecting) standing vertically and, crossed behind it, an anchor and a dagger or short sword. The fasces from Roman days, carried before magistrates as an emblem of authority, is symbolic of authority which must exist in any tightly-bonded and efficiently operating organization. The anchor is the mariner's symbol for Columbus, patron of the Order, while the short sword or dagger was the weapon of the Knight when engaged upon an errand of mercy. Thus, the shield expresses Catholic Knighthood in organized merciful action, and with the letters, K of C, it proclaims this specific form of activity." http://www.kofc.org/un/eb/en/about/history/articles/emblem.html
He went on to tell me that most people are only members because of the life insurance discounts and that all they mostly do are fundraisers for the community. After a bit of talking he also told me that: "You learn a lot from the initiations too." Unfortunately that's all I was able to get out of him.
I also told him about Jeb Bush being a 4th degree member and that he was in the think tank Project for New American Century, since he's a 9/11 truther that certainly did not please him.
One of the members I know has been working at Canada's Department of National Defense for many years and another has the fastest growing mortgage company in Canada.
I think most of these guys mean good but don't understand the criminality and exploitation at the top.