The Diocese of Des Moines
Diocesan statement on Boy Scout policy change
May 23, 2013
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

The Boy Scouts of America have posted online a statement saying its national council "approved a resolution to remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone." The Diocese of Des Moines statement on this change in policy is as follows.

 

Boy Scout organizations within the Diocese of Des Moines that are supported by Catholic churches and schools will be guided by a single diocesan policy in accord with the teaching of the Catholic Church. This teaching is derived from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

"The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2358)

"Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2359).

 

It is the practice of the Boy Scouts to insist on chastity in all of its events and programs which the Church obviously supports and advocates.


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