19 February 2016

Good for Archbishop Carlson: Calls on Parishes to Find Alternatives to Girl Scouts

It's about time, considering the national Girl Scout organization's steady and increasing support of an agenda antithetical to the Natural Law and Catholic moral teaching. His Grace didn't immediately forbid Girl Scouts from Catholic parishes, but I hope that this call to find and consider alternatives will eventually lead to that.

Now, on to the CCHD...

From STLToday:

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has issued a letter calling on parishes to seek alternatives to Girl Scouts, arguing that the program and related organizations conflict with Catholic teaching.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis isn't directly kicking Girl Scout troops and activities off of all church properties, but is suggesting they and their cookies may no longer be welcome in the fold.

"Girl Scouts is exhibiting a troubling pattern of behavior and it is clear to me that as they move in the ways of the world it is becoming increasingly incompatible with our Catholic values," Carlson wrote in a letter dated Thursday. "We must stop and ask ourselves — is Girl Scouts concerned with the total well-being of our young women? Does it do a good job forming the spiritual, emotional, and personal well-being of Catholic girls?"

The letter does not mandate that parishes disband Girl Scout troops. Rather, it calls on them to seek alternatives.

"I am asking each pastor that allows Girl Scout troops to meet on parish property to conduct a meeting with troop leadership to review these concerns and discuss implementing alternative options for the formation of our girls," Carlson wrote.

His letter takes aim not only at Girl Scouts, but affliated organizations, including Girl Scouts USA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

"GSUSA resources and social media highlight and promote role models in conflict with Catholic values, such as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan," Carlson wrote.

"Organizations that GSUSA promotes and partners with are conflict with Catholic values, such as Amnesty International, Coalition for Adolescent Girls, OxFam and more. This is especially troubling in regards to sex education and advocacy for “reproductive rights” (i.e. abortion and contraceptive access, even for minors)."

On an Archdiocesan website, a question-and-answer page seeks to explain how Girl Scouts conflicts with Catholic teaching. Among the questions: "Can I still buy Girl Scout Cookies?"


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1 comment:

Cathy D said...

My daughter was a brownie. We had a lot of fun together. The next year our group was combined with another one, and another mom was the leader. All seemed well. At the end of that school year that leader got divorced, moved, took all of our troop funds with her, along with a selected handful of girls. The local GSUSA office couldn't have cared less when we told them. Another mom and I decided we would be leaders instead and start all over again. We signed up for a leader training class through the local Girl Scout council. We showed up at the little church that was hosting the training. The pastor of that church greeted us and assured us we were in the right place and they were hosting the training that evening. No one from the Girl Scout office ever showed up. That was it for me with Girl Scouts. I do buy the cookies because I don't want my nieces to have to listen to my story. As soon as they are done with Girl Scouts, I'll be happy to never buy the cookies again.