Archdiocese issues statement on Boy Scouts

On July 27, 2015, the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees. This policy change also affirms that chartered organizations may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders in the scouting units they charter.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has stated that “the resolution respects the needs of Catholic-chartered organizations in the right to choose leaders whose character and conduct are consistent with those of Catholic teaching.”

At this time the Archdiocese of New Orleans will continue to charter units with the Boy Scouts of America and, in keeping with our right to religious liberty, work to ensure that the adult leaders in our units are role models in living our Catholic faith.

The archdiocese, in conjunction with the USCCB and the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, will continue to monitor and evaluate developments as the BSA resolution is implemented.

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