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New gender policy won’t affect Catholic Scouting groups, says committee

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IRVING, Texas — The Boy Scouts of America’s new policy to accept members based on their gender identity will have no impact on Scouting units sponsored by the Catholic Church, said the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. Read more »

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Bismarck bishop tells Catholic groups with troops to sever ties with Boy Scouts

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BISMARCK, N.D. (CNS) — Bishop David D. Kagan of Bismarck told Catholic parishes, schools and institutions they must cut ties with the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization’s decision to allow openly gay troop leaders and employees to serve in their ranks at the national level.He said in an Aug. 3 letter to parishioners that “effective immediately,” any Catholic organization connected with the Boy Scouts is “formally disaffiliated” immediately with the Scouting organization.

Bishop Kagan wrote that even though the Boy Scouts of America may have a religious organization exception, it “will provide no protection for any of our parishes and/or schools which sponsor troops.” Read more »

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