Apparently, the Girl Scouts are just too corrupt for one archbishop in Kansas. Archbishop Joseph Naumann has asked pastors in his archdiocese to start transitioning away from hosting parish Girl Scout troops. He believes that programs held at their parishes should affirm their core beliefs. All of that is well and good, and it is certainly their prerogative, but it’s not as though girl scout leaders are taking little girls out in the woods to teach them witchcraft over bubbling cauldrons.
He made his announcement on Facebook, and it reads in part:
To follow Jesus and his Gospel will often require us to be counter-cultural. With the promotion by Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) 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. We prefer to partner with youth organizations that share our values and vision for youth ministry, not ones that we have to monitor constantly to protect our children from being misled and misinformed.
Counter-cultural is just a nicer way of saying “disapproving” – which was the real word of Jesus, dontcha know?
What are the troubling trends he sees in the Girl Scouts? That they are inclusive? The Girl Scout promise, is as follows:
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
I suppose Joseph is offended at the helping people at all times part. It doesn’t read, to help Christian people at all times.
Perhaps he just disagrees with the idea of empowering our future women. The Girl Scouts do a lot of work with their girls in teaching them that women are every bit as important as men in their roles as adults. They now earn scientific badges along with those cooking badges. Girls in the program are taught from a young age that women can do anything men can do. That scares some men – even religious ones. Maybe, especially, religious ones. The church likes to begin the indoctrination process at a very young age.
I suppose we could feel sorry for this Archbishop – he seems very insecure about letting groups of girls gather in his religious buildings. However, I choose to look at this for what it is: another Christian organization that seeks to keep their
sheep parishioners under its political thumb.