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Catholics down with the rainbow?  Catholic leaders urge support for Boy Scouts after ban lifted on gay members

Catholics down with the rainbow? Catholic leaders urge support for Boy Scouts after ban lifted on gay members

The US Catholic Church's top liasons are doing something pretty surprising given the Catholic stance on homosexuality–they are telling Catholic Scout leaders and troop sponsors that the Boy Scouts of America's new stance on gay members is not against Catholic teachings, and that they should continue to support scouting programs.  The Religion News Service reports:

“Scouting is still the best youth-serving program available to all youth,” Edward P. Martin, chairman of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, wrote in a May 29 letter addressed to “fellow Catholic Scouters.”

“We should be encouraged that the change in BSA’s youth membership standard is not in conflict with Catholic teaching,” Martin said, asking that “Catholic Scouters and chartered organization heads not rush to judgment.”

Martin said that despite some concerns, the NCCS had taken a neutral stance on a resolution adopted on May 23 by the BSA’s National Council.

In balloting that was seen as a potential watershed in the culture wars, more than 60 percent of the 1,400 members of the BSA council voted to allow gay Scouts while still barring gay men from being Scout leaders. The policy change takes effect Jan. 1.

This news comes amid attempts by Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association to get churches to mass defect from Scouting, hosting Scout events, and the like because he did not like the decision that the national organization made regarding gay Boy Scouts.  After accusing the BSA of caving to America's moral decline, Fischer "prophesied" that churches would mass defect from the organization.   So far, only a handful of churches seem to have taken Fischer up on his "advice."

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  • I think we're seeing the beginning of the end for the Boy Scouts. Even if the policy change doesn't violate Catholic teaching yet, the advocates for the change have made clear that they intend to keep pressing.
    I regret that this statement from the National Committee on Scouting seems to me to reflect the usual bishops' approach to almost everything: Make believe we can make it work so we don't need to make a difficult stand.
    No wonder so few people actually come to Mass anymore! There's no point.

  • Rick L.

    The Church is actually doing something they have recently been loathe to do. They've made a decision based on their beliefs. In this case, the belief – that children can't be gay because being gay is choice – is erroneous, but they have at least chosen the hobgoblin of consistency.

  • Leftcoastrocky

    The Catholic Church should focus its energies on completely ridding itself of its pedophila/ephebophilia problem, and punishing those who were involved in the acts themselves as well as in the cover ups including those in the upper hierarchy of the Church.

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