Scouts in question over church teaching 5/16/12
The Girl Scouts of the USA have a lot more on their plate these days than the cookies they are so well known for.
The organization is the subject of an official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, specifically the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.
According to a letter sent by the committee chairman, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend to his fellow bishops, at issue are concerns about program materials that some Catholics find offensive. Also up for review: assertions that the Scouts associate with other groups that promote stances which conflict with church teaching.
For their part, the Scouts, who have numerous parish-sponsored troops, deny many of the claims and defend their alliances.
For more on this, our Liz Faublas spoke with the Executive Director of National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Robert McCarty.
– While some critics want the Girl Scouts of the USA to pull out of the world group, the scouts aren’t budging.
The Girl Scouts estimate that a quarter of their 2.3 million youth members are Catholic, and any significant exodus would be a blow given that membership already is down from a peak of more than 3 million several decades ago.