Catholic Diocese in North Dakota Severs Ties With Boy Scouts Over Gay Troop Leaders

Catholic Diocese in North Dakota Severs Ties With Boy Scouts Over Gay Troop Leaders

Boy Scouts used to be one of the last bastions of tradition left for our children, but it seems they’re creeping further and further to the left. And after the decision to allow gay men to serve as troop leaders, a Catholic diocese in North Dakota has chosen to sever their ties.

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The Catholic Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota, is “formally” severing its churches, schools, and other institutions from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of the latter’s decision to allow openly homosexual adults and employees to work in the Boy Scouts.

The BSA’s executive committee voted to lift its century-old national restriction on “openly gay adult leaders and employees” on July 27. The Catholic Diocese of Bismark, headed by Bishop David Kagan moved swiftly to disassociate itself from the now pro-gay BSA.

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“[E]ffective immediately, the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Bismarck and each and every one of its parishes, schools and other institutions, is formally disaffiliated with and from the Boy Scouts of America,” said Bishop Kagan in an August 3 letter.

“If your parish sponsors a troop, your priest has been asked to inform those persons associated with the BSA of this action and to inform the BSA itself of this decision,” he said.

… In his Aug. 3 letter, Bishop Kagan listed several “acceptable alternatives” to the Boy Scouts and to the Girl Scouts. These include American Heritage Girls; the Little Flowers’ Girls Clubs; the Federation of North American Explorers; the Columbian Squires; and Trail Life USA.

Will Boy Scouts become as extreme as the Girl Scout are? It’s sad that even the most stalwart organizations will abandon their principles.

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