Skip to comments.Girl Scouts under scrutiny from Catholic bishops
Posted on 05/11/2012 1:28:27 AM PDT by markomalley
Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
At issue are concerns about program materials that some Catholics find offensive, as well as assertions that the Scouts associate with other groups espousing stances that conflict with church teaching. The Scouts, who have numerous parish-sponsored troops, deny many of the claims and defend their alliances.
The inquiry coincides with the Scouts' 100th anniversary celebrations and follows a chain of other controversies.
Earlier this year, legislators in Indiana and Alaska publicly called the Scouts into question, and the organization was berated in a series aired by a Catholic broadcast network. Last year, the Scouts angered some conservatives by accepting into a Colorado troop a 7-year-old transgender child who was born a boy but was being raised as a girl.
Some of the concerns raised by Catholic critics are recycled complaints that have been denied by the Girl Scouts' head office repeatedly and categorically. It says it has no partnership with Planned Parenthood, and does not take positions on sexuality, birth control and abortion.
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Our parish doesn’t do anything with the girl scouts for this reason. Parents have asked, and it’s a good opportunity to inform them.
It’s about time ping
The moral issues notwithstanding, there is the economic issue as well. While I have nothing against the cookie sales per se, the troop doesn’t get enough of the proceeds. Children are basically working to fund this organization.
For a long time, Catholics were not allowed to participate in regular scouting because it was perceived as a very Protestant organization that did not regard Catholics as Christians and also, iirc, that it placed loyalty to secular authorities too much to the fore. There were separate Catholic scouting type groups. This changed after Vatican II.
Guess it is time to review this again. Actually, past time...the Girl Scouts have been little handmaids of the state, particularly with regards to sexual morality, for years now.
Let’s hope it will bring a needed spring clean-up.
Catholic girls’ membership in the Girl Scouts needs to go way of Catholic mens’ forbidden membership in the Freemasons.
“Last year, the Scouts angered some conservatives by accepting into a Colorado troop a 7-year-old transgender child who was born a boy but was being raised as a girl.”
This angered conservatives? How about angering the parents of the real girls in the troop? Didn’t anyone ask the scoutmaster (scoutmistress?) what the growing bulge was in “Terry’s” skirt?
FWIW, I don’t think Girl Scouts make the cookies anymore.
As I understand it, scouting in general is declining because they do less “scouting”.
We took our girls out of that wretched organization and our parish now hosts an American Heritage Girls troop. They just finished their first year and membership has far surpassed any expectations.
but routinely gets caught distributing pro-sex pamphlets from Plannd Parenthood to the kids
“Catholic girls membership in the Girl Scouts needs to go way of Catholic mens forbidden membership in the Freemasons.”
I think you are correct.
IT sad I was Brownie and Girl Scout back in da day
Same here. I enjoyed it so much that I made certain my daughter enrolled in the Girl Scouts. That was 20 years ago and even then I could see how much it had changed. How are you doing? I always enjoy your pings!
We participate in Little Flowers. True, authentic Catholicism.
Pretty good yeah I think safe to say lots of Female Freepers would agree with you and lots on this thread
I have feeling they be shock on Today Girl Scouts I just remind fun stuff not this planned parenthood stuff
Well, our parish has quite a large boy scout group, and no girl scout group. By design.
As a former troop leader.. yes you are correct. It falls in line with the other money pits you run into as a parent... dance studios, sports teams... they all suck you dry, expend your energy, while giving very little back to your child’s cause.. which is the team or troop. The positive side is the personal level interaction you have with your child and those who join your troop or team... believe it or not... your influence trumps theirs. So keep it up and do it on their dime... if only partially. It makes a difference in these youngster’s lives. I don’t have enough money or influence to start an alternative to the Girl Scouts. I think it would be better to overtake the crazy people in the organization and bring it back to where it should be... girl by girl.. one by one.