The following comes from an Apr. 16 story on LifeSiteNews.
A US Conference of Catholic Bishops report two years in the making says that “attentiveness” is needed in regard to some practices of the Girl Scouts that go against Catholic doctrine.
In the report, the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth explains that it had “exchanges” that “were pleasant, informative and respectful” with Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. But while the committee said the “Girl Scout staff was generous with their time” and “indicated a strong desire and willingness to work more closely with the Catholic Church in the United States,” the report expressed concern with several Girl Scout policies, affiliations, and structural weaknesses.
Girl Scout critic Christy Volanski of Speak Now: Girl Scouts said the bishops’ report was helpful in highlighting how Girl Scouts USA allows local councils to work with Planned Parenthood, and in criticizing its “ardent support, promotion and funding” of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts because of its promotion of “sexual and reproductive rights.”
She noted, however, “some families are disappointed that the bishops did not address in more detail the concerns with troublesome role models and organizations that Girl Scouts routinely promote to girls.”
“Hopefully, laity and clergy will research and consider the on-going issues relating to the Girl Scout curriculum sold and promoted by every local council, in which Girl Scouts recommend groups and women which actively work in opposition to the Catholic Church,” she said.
The bishops’ report focuses on three issues: 1) Girl Scouts USA’s relationship with groups like Planned Parenthood and international affiliate World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts ; 2) Girl Scouts’ views on issues related “to human sexuality, contraception, and abortion;” and 3) various materials and resources Girl Scouts USA has that may have “inappropriate content.”
With regards to Girl Scout affiliations, the report largely accepts Girl Scouts USA’s claim that they have no relationship with Planned Parenthood. However, it says that “attentiveness” is needed to prevent local groups — which act independently as their own 501c(3) organizations — from partnering with morally objectionable organizations, including Planned Parenthood.
The report is firmer with regards to Catholic concerns about the world association. While the international group claims it does not formally back abortion, language on its website left the Committee with no doubt that such support exists, as well as support for contraceptive use….
The harshest criticism of Girl Scouts USA may have come when the report noted strong references to contraception and other non-abstinence measures related to sexuality on the GSUSA website. According to the report, “attentiveness is needed to avoid programming and initiatives that are not in accord with Catholic teaching. In addition, the Committee shared concerns with GSUSA about particular areas of research on the GSUSA website related to human sexuality and contraception, given the impossibility of a neutral treatment of such issues.”
….When asked how personal viewpoints on issues affect Girl Scout policies, Girl Scouts USA spokesperson Kelly Parisi, a former vice president of marketing and communications for the strongly pro-abortion Ms. Foundation for Women, said that “the viewpoints of staff do not impact our partnerships. All of our partners, which can be found here, are in line with our mission of serving all girls and in line with our non-political non-partisan stance.” Those partners include the United Nations and the Environmental Protection Agency, among dozens of other private and public organizations.
Volanski, who along with her daughter spent eight years involved with Girl Scouts of America, noted that Girl Scouts promotes groups like the ACLU and Amnesty International, both which advocate for abortion and other moral evils.
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