Skip to comments.Boy Scouts had to fight with Catholic priests to remove gay leader from Catholic scout troop?
Posted on 08/21/2012 9:44:44 AM PDT by Morgana
LOUISVILLE, August 20, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have assured a homosexual will no longer act as an assistant scoutmaster at a Catholic churchs troop. But he will continue to lead Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Churchs Girl Scout troop.
I am finding it increasingly difficult to keep a low profile and stay in the closet with the Boy Scouts, Greg Bourke, 54, wrote in a letter to the Lincoln Heritage Council on June 22.
Bourke said he had become increasingly uncomfortable with the dont ask, dont tell policy of the Boy Scouts I feel like its hateful and I dont approve of it.
In response to his letter, Commissioner J. McFerran Mac Barr II asked Bourke to resign from the Catholic churchs BSA troop, where he had volunteered for the last five years.
Bourke told local media after he refused to resign, the council contacted the churchs priest, Fr. Scott Wimsett, and later Fr. Jeff Gatlin, the Scouting liaison for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville.
Bourke claimed both refused to remove him from his Boy Scout post. He stepped aside only after the Boy Scouts threatened to revoke the churchs scouting charter.
However, he will remain a leader in Girl Scout troop 1575, which also meets at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Louisville. The Girl Scouts support homosexual leadership. I do believe its time for the Boy Scouts to come in to the current century, said Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana CEO Lora Tucker.
Cecelia Price, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Louisville, said in a media statement that the Church expects adult leaders whether heterosexual or with same-sex attraction in any ministry strive to lead chaste lives.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Bourke said he and his partner attend Our Lady of Lourdes, and it is widely known that they are gay.
Bourke has lived with another man for 30 years. They have adopted two children.
The Supreme Court upheld the Boy Scouts right to set membership criteria as a private organization in a June 2000 ruling, and the scouts reaffirmed their policy on July 17.
Mitt Romney, who served on the organizations executive board, said, I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation during a 1994 debate with Ted Kennedy. Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed earlier this month that, while he opposes the BSAs scouting policy, he has not pressured the group to change its stance.
Other adversaries resorted to force. In 2011, the Missouri PTA has asked its 420 affiliates to sever ties with the BSA because of its stance on homosexuality; and in 2007, Philadelphias City Council voted to end a 70-year lease over the policy.
Rev. Donald E. Overton, an Episcopalian priest in Lousiville, vouched for Bourkes leadership. We have to encourage a change at the highest level, he said.
But Boy Scouts of Americas chief Scout executive Bob Mazzuca said parents appreciate its policy, which gives them the right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting.
To respectfully contact the Archdiocese of Louisville: http://www.archlou.org/contact/
It is no real news about the GSA, though. They have been supporting atheistic secularism for decades now.
Of course there is going to be push-back on this, true Christians are few and far between these days.
This man, living with another man for thirty years in sexual deviancy, is no position to guide the character development of youth. This would be like putting a sex addict as their leader and one whose sexual preferences have a history towards pedophilia.
The sad part about this is that these two males are raising their two children to believe this deviant behavior is to be promoted when, the truth is that, it is a behavior that is not only immoral but a rather severe disorder and nothing that should be encouraged nor accepted in the public sphere.
In a few years some of these children raised by homosexuals are going to grow up and be old enough to tell a story or two
I am waiting to hear this.
Homosexuality, if you mean the temptation, is a temptation, not a sin in itself but always a moral danger, due to our fallen nature.
Is it possible for a person who experiences this temptation, to live chastely? Yes, it is. By rejecting the sin in thought, words, and deed; by avoiding the persons, places, and circumstances which conduce to this sin; and by a firm reliance on the grace of God and recourse to the Sacraments.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
This applies to people battling temptations to homosexuality, or alcoholism, or gluttony, or wrath, or avarice, or thievery, or sloth, or marital infidelity, or any other sin.
It is important to make a distinction between the temptation, and the sin.
The Catholic doctrines have never, as you say, "normalized" homosexuality.
There are way too many ignorant, deluded, or proudly dissident Catholics in error about this, but it is their opinion, and not Catholic doctrine, which is erroneous.
First of all, it isn't a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The policy clearly states a homosexual cannot be a scout leader.
Second of all, if you are "uncomfortable with it" then quit being a scout leader. They don't want you anyway, so both parties will be happier.
Temptation does not define a person. Tempted to steal does not make one a thief. Tempted to kill does not make one a murderer. Tempted to bugger another of the same sex does not make one a homosexual. while temptation is sinful in the eyes of God it is not sinful in the eyes of society. Homosexuality only occurs when it is performed. There is no predisposition to homosexuality that brands one a queer, only the act.
A scout leader who is a professed queer has performed sexual acts on another male. Such persons are not constrained by sexual taboos or moral controls. Unless they turm away from and reject as sinful their sexual immorality they can not be permitted to be in authority over children.
Your attempt to define a person as a chaste homosexual is an aberration and is not consistent with Catholic doctrine.
(2) But if you mean "homosexual" as in "a man who experiences sexual attraction to a man," then of course a homosexual in this sense can be chaste. He resists temptation -- he resists in thought, word, and deed, by the grace of God, and does not sin.
This is why the word "homosexual" is problematic, because this verbal confusion between the two common meanings keeps recurring.
An analogy: temptation to get drunk does not make one a drunkard, but alcohol dependence syndrome (a particularly sensitivity to alcohol toxicity), does make you an alcoholic --- and it's something you can be born with (e.g. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.) This hyper-vulnerability may be none of your own doing, but you still have a responsibility to abstain from alcohol for your entire life. Thus you can be a teetotal, sober, clean, alcoholic. But you're still an "alcoholic," --- albeit a "dry alcoholic," --- because you still have that inward vulnerability to alcohol.
This thinking is completely opposite the "God made me this way" pablum that today's homosexual activists push. I think everyone recognizes that Man has a sinful nature and we are tempted to do many things that we should not do (stealing, violence, perversion, etc.). The point of being a moral person is that we abstain from the acts which are improper.
The people who claim "I was born this way" have simply given up on behaving in a moral manner. They don't even try.
I think Vidal is right on this point. However, people do differ from each other in their particular vulnerabilities or individual temperaments, and the word "homosexual" (or better, "a man who experiences SSA") can be used in that sense to describe a person with that particular vulnerability.
There are some men who would never feel inclined to engage in sexual relations with another man under any conditions. There are some who would feel so inclined under conditions of stress, an all-male environment, and isolation from women (armies, navies, monasteries, prisons). There are some who "feel" this inclination during early adolescence but not upon full maturity. And there are still others who feel this inclination more-or-less persistently from puberty onward.
It's important to recognize the existence of these varying tendencies, because, for one thing, one would want to shield a male with this kind of temperament, from being placed in morally challenging situation, a place of accentuated temptation and opportunity. Even if this man intends chastity, you don't put him in a submarine with a bunch of good-looking sailors, or make him a voice tutor for the Vienna Boys' Choir.
Here’s the problem. If there is a prediliction to homosexuality, a genetic or even a psychological disposition them homosexuality is a condition warranting legal protection. This is the slippery slope that has permitted homosexual marriage, adoption and fornication with children aka scout leaders buggering the children they are bound to protect. It is not for nothing that a major plank of the homosexual agenda is the corruption of children. Homosexuals are nothing more than bad little boys getting nasty.