Archdiocese of St. Louis reviewing ties with Girl Scouts organization

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Archbishop Robert Carlson

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Archdiocese of St. Louis is cutting ties with the Girl Scouts organization. Archbishop Robert Carlson says the program and related organizations conflict with Catholic teaching.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, they aren’t directly kicking Girl Scout troops and activities off of all church properties. However, they’re suggesting the Girl Scouts and their cookies may no longer be welcomed in the fold.

“Girl Scouts is exhibiting a troubling pattern of behavior and it is clear to me that as they move in the ways of the world it is becoming increasingly incompatible with our Catholic values,” said Archbishop Carlson.

He is calling on parishes to seek alternatives to Girl Scouts, arguing that the program and related organizations conflict with Catholic teaching.

Carlson wrote in a letter dated Thursday. “We must stop and ask ourselves — is Girl Scouts concerned with the total well-being of our young women? Does it do a good job forming the spiritual, emotional, and personal well-being of Catholic girls?”