Archbishop Joseph Naumann recently announced that the parishes in his archdiocese would no longer host the Girl Scouts, but would, instead begin chartering the American Heritage Girls (AHG), an organization that promotes Christian values as it also introduces girls to skill-building in all areas of life.
In an interview with Crux, Naumann observed that his decision to break ties with the Girl Scouts is a sign of a cultural trend.
“We face an increasingly hostile secular culture, which really is promoting things very different from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our vision of the human person, the dignity of the human person,” he explained. “We’re going to have to be much more vigilant as Christians and as Catholics about with whom we partner and who we invite in, particularly with regard to the formation of our young people.”In a statement earlier this month, the archbishop noted that he has studied the concern about the Girl Scouts for a number of years, engaging in discussions with parents, scouts, pastors, and Girl Scouts representatives. He states the “disturbing content in materials and resources” created and distributed by the national Girl Scouts organization, and discovered by his youth ministry staff, was a primary factor in his final decision.
…Naumann continued that AHG is “a program based on Christian values” that he views as “a much better fit for our parishes” and for the young people entrusted to their care.
“To follow Jesus and his Gospel will often require us to be counter-cultural,” he says in his statement. “With the promotion by Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) of programs and materials reflective of many of the troubling trends in our secular culture, they are no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and values of the Gospel.
The archbishop told Crux that some of the fallout from his decision has included the reaction, “’How could you dare do this?’”
“It’s as if, not only do they [the Girl Scouts] have a right to their own vision of the human person and marriage and family life, but we have an obligation to turn our young people over to them to be formed in these values,” he added.
Outstanding. We need more of this. And quite frankly, I like how, in the last paragraph, the Archbishop basically told objectors to go to hell in the nicest way possible.