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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Yep, they voted in favor. Catholics, Methodists and Baptists against.

31 posted on 06/02/2013 10:21:33 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge; Cringing Negativism Network
31 Yep, they voted in favor. Catholics, Methodists and Baptists against.

5/24/2013 – Churches to have 'hard discussion' about Scouts
The Southern Baptist press organ reported:
"Rich Peck, communications director for the General Commission on United Methodist Men, said the organization would continue its affiliation with BSA. But local churches, some of which have voiced disapproval of the policy change, may choose to end their charters. The group had issued a statement in February asking the BSA Executive Board to delay the vote in order to give them more time to consider its implications."

I haven't found a direct link to the UMM statement, yet, but everything I have sourced from the Southern Baptist organ has proven accurate, so far.

5/31/2013 – Baptists plan exodus from Boy Scouts
"… The Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest Protestant denomination, will soon urge its 45,000 congregations and 16 million members to cut ties with the Scouts, according to church leaders. The denomination will vote on nonbinding but influential resolutions during a convention June 11-12 in Houston. “There’s a 100% chance that there will be a resolution about disaffiliation at the convention,” said Richard Land, the longtime head of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, “and a 100% chance that 99% of people will vote for it. … Southern Baptists are going to be leaving the Boy Scouts en masse.” Roger “Sing” Oldham, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, emphasized that local congregations make their own decision on the Scouts."

Now, we have had a lively exchange regarding the RCC's position. I am only posting what I have found ...

5/29/2013 – Letter from our NCCS Chairman

I am excerpting ...

... We felt that the Catholic Scouters selected as voters could, in good conscience, vote either for or against the Resolution.

... The NCCS has as its purpose to utilize and ensure the constructive use of the program of the BSA as a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic youth of our nation. To do this, we cooperate with the bishops of the United States, relating to the USCCB through a Bishop Liaison. Each diocesan bishop must decide whether the membership standard is acceptable. Bishop Guglielmone has written to every bishop in the United States concerning the issue and has made himself available to assist them in doing what is best for our young people.

... BSA is expected to provide more details on the application of this resolution over the coming months leading to the resolution’s implementation on January 1, 2014.

... We ask that Catholic Scouters and chartered organization heads not rush to judgment as the policy does not go into effect until January 1, 2014. Over the next couple of months, the NCCS will use a task force to develop and execute a plan for insuring a consistent message is delivered to dioceses, parishes, Catholic Scouters and the media and to prepare guidelines to assist diocesan committees in understanding the issues associated with the change in the BSA youth membership standard.

49 posted on 06/02/2013 8:45:15 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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