The Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, is parting ways with Girl Scouts USA, saying the group is “no longer a compatible partner” in promoting the Catholic lifestyle.
The decision was announced by Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann on Monday.
“With the promotion by Girl Scouts USA of programs and materials reflective of many of the troubling trends in our secular culture, they are no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and values of the Gospel,” Naumann wrote.
No meetings, no cookies
Girl Scout troops are often hosted by and affiliated with area churches. According to Naumann’s statement, parishes were given the option of phasing out troop meetings on their premises “quickly,” or allowing Scout members to “graduate” over time and not replacing the flock.
The decision is not a surprise: The Kansas City Archdiocese in particular has voiced concerns for years that the Girl Scouts has in one way or another supported voices and organizations that run afoul of traditional Catholic sensibilities. In January, the Archdiocese announced it would forbid Girl Scout cookie sales on Catholic school and parish properties following the 2016-2017 school year.
Naumann cites the membership Girl Scouts USA has within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, arguing the umbrella organization has ties to International Planned Parenthood. He also cites feminists Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem as examples of counter-Catholic “role models” that the Girl Scouts promotes among its members.
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SOURCE: CNN, AJ Willingham