Stand With St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

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Most Reverend Archbishop Carlson (Archdiocese of St. Louis)

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson is raising serious concerns about Girl Scouts and whether the church should continue to support the organization as it moves ever more in conflict with Catholic and broader Christian beliefs.  In a letter to parishes, Carlson said…

“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,” 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?”

Among the concerns people of faith should be aware of are:

1. WAGGGS’ [World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’] continued promotion of contraception and “abortion rights” on behalf of its girl members, the majority of whom are minors

2. Financial contributions from GSUSA to WAGGGS, based on number of registered GSUSA members

3. GSUSA resources and social media highlight and promote role models in conflict with Catholic values, such as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan.

4. Organizations that GSUSA promotes and partners with are conflict with Catholic values, such as Amnesty International, Coalition for Adolescent Girls, OxFam and more. This is especially troubling in regards to sex education and advocacy for “reproductive rights” (i.e. abortion and contraceptive access, even for minors)

Archbishop Carlson noted that there are several alternative organizations to Girl Scouts that are more in line with Catholic doctrine while continuing to promote the development and formation of young girls. 

The Petition

I Agree With Archbishop Carlson

Dear Most Reverend Archbishop Carlson,

Thank you for your concern for both the spiritual and broader formation of our young girls. 

I agree with you that the church should be very concerned about the Girl Scouts of America’s continued move away from Christian values and into more and more conflict with Catholic doctrine.  Thank you for reminding your parishes that other positive alternatives exist that will nurture our young girls physically, mentally, and spiritually in their formative years.


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