More on the Catholic Bishops…and the Girl Scouts?

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.”

Here are some articles I’ve written on the Catholic Bishops and on the Girl Scouts:

Religious Freedom Is Not a Get out of Jail Free Card

The Catholic Church, Social Justice, and Disillusionment

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts: The Recent Controversy

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts: The “Evils” of Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts: Finding the Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts: Losing the Boy Scouts

Fifty Shades of Evangelical Justifications for Patriarchy
Fifty Shades of Disagreement: Evangelicals and Feminists on Fifty Shades of Grey
How We Disagree
What I Love about My Feminist Husband
About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Steve

    Inquiry? More like Inquisition

  • machintelligence

    Why don’t the Girl Scouts tell them (ever so politely) to BUZZ OFF.

    • MadGastronomer

      They probably will, eventually, in that they won’t actually stop teaching things or stop associating with groups — although some of the groups the Church objects to that people say they’re affiliated with, like PP, they have no connection to — but there’s no way to stop the RCC’s investigation, and no particular reason not to give some cooperation until they make an unreasonable request.

  • cjmr

    If nothing else, this is a slap-in-the-face to the hundreds (probably thousands) of faithful Catholic GS leaders out there who have been finding work-arounds for the the small amount of slightly troubling material in the OLD (discontinued as of January) GS materials for years. Do they think we are stupid?

    (Caveat: I haven’t seen the new materials at the upper levels yet, as I am currently a leader for Daisies, the youngest GS.)

    • Rosa

      Also, since when are Catholics not supposed to associate with anyone the church disapproves of?

      I mean, seriously? The Pope came out against the war in Iraq. Did they tell all the Catholic chaplains and soldiers to quit?