I’ve written in the last few months about both the Catholic Bishops and the Girl Scouts, but I really didn’t think I’d see them in the same story like this.
Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. At issue are concerns about program materials that some Catholics find offensive, as well as assertions that the Scouts associate with other groups espousing stances that conflict with church teaching.
Yes, that’s right. Last month the Catholic Bishops announced they were going to investigate the nuns for spending too much time fighting for economic justice and not enough time fighting the gays. This month the Catholic Bishops is investigating the Girl Scouts. For more, read this excellent article on Butterflies and Wheels. And I have to say, I agree with Ophelia: “I have a bad case of Catholicismophobia at the moment.”