St. Louis Archdiocese urges Catholics not to support Girl Scouts

St. Louis Archdiocese Urges Catholics Not to Support Girl Scouts

In the midst of Girl Scout Cookie season, St. Louis' archdiocese is urging Catholics to avoid joining the girls' group or even making purchases from it.


Concerns from church leadership include the Girl Scouts' affiliations with groups that support contraceptives, homosexuality, and abortion and transgender rights.


In a public letter, the city's archbishop wrote, "Girl Scouts is exhibiting a troubling pattern of behavior and it is clear to me that as they move in the ways of the world it is becoming increasingly incompatible with our Catholic values."


Roughly 4,000 Girl Scouts in St. Louis belong to troops affiliated with Catholic schools and parishes.
The chief executive for the area's Girl Scout chapter told The New York Times the archdiocese's concerns "misrepresent how Girl Scoutsof Eastern Missouri serves girls in our community." She added issues related to sexuality or reproduction aren't discussed in the chapter "as these matters are best discussed within the family."


For its part, the archdiocese hasn't cut ties between any of its parishes and Girl Scout troops. It is, however, reportedly looking for alternative groups to promote.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: A Girl Scouts sells cookies as a winter storm moves in on February 8, 2013 in New York City. The scouts did brisk business, setting up shop in locations around Midtown Manhattan on National Girl Scout Cookie Day. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Girl Scouts sell cookies as a winter storm moves in on February 8, 2013 in New York City. The scouts did brisk business, setting up shop in locations around Midtown Manhattan on National Girl Scout Cookie Day. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Girl Scouts sell cookies as a winter storm moves in on February 8, 2013 in New York City. The scouts did brisk business, setting up shop in locations around Midtown Manhattan on National Girl Scout Cookie Day. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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SILVER SPRING,MD - February, 22:Girl Scout Min Hunt-Neu, 11, loads up her cookies Wednesday February 22, 2012 in Silver Spring, MD. She sold 100 boxes.(Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Girl Scout cookie boxes were loaded into vehicles during the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California's Mega Drop event at Big Valley Church in Modesto, California, Monday, February 20, 2012. Approximately 322,130 packages of cookies were distributed to Girl Scout troops for delivery. (Bart Ah You/Modesto Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
SILVER SPRING,MD - February, 22:Girl Scout Min Hunt-Neu, 11, looks over her cookie list Wednesday February 22, 2012 in Silver Spring, MD. She sold 100 boxes.(Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
SCOUTCOOKIES09-- Jason Henderson helps local Girl Scout troop at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont as they pick up their Girl Scout Cookie orders. Millions of packages of Girl Scout Cookies are being distributed throughout the state over the next week! These packages will fulfill customer orders and help girls gear up for Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales at grocery stores and other retail locations from Feb. 12 to March 7. RJ Sangosti/ The Denver Post (Photo By RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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