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Catholic bishops assess church ties to Girl Scouts comment (0)

June 7, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are reviewing the church’s ties to the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (U.S.A.) after complaints that some of that organization’s programs might contradict church teachings on contraception and abortion.

The inquiry by the Catholic bishops has been ongoing for two years and was prompted by persistent reports, circulated on the Internet and by some social conservatives, that the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has ties to Planned Parenthood or, for example, endorses material on sexuality that the church would not approve.

Girl Scout leaders have denied the claims, but the bishops decided to continue their inquiry. In a March 28 letter to his fellow bishops, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, wrote that “important questions still remain and need to be examined.”

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