Roman Catholic churches may continue sponsoring Boy Scout troops despite a recent policy change that permits gay troop leaders, Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Aymond says. His statement echoes one issued Monday by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.
The committee expressed concern that the Boy Scouts of America organization does not state “sexual behavior should be reserved to a husband and a wife in marriage.” But they said scouting will continue to serve an important role for Catholic youth.
In the policy change, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board decided Monday to allow gay trooper leaders. But it still gives troop sponsors, many of them churches, the authority to choose leaders according to their religious beliefs.
Aymond’s statement, while reaffirming the church’s relationship with scouting, does not directly address whether Catholic churches may allow gay troop leaders. “At this time the Archdiocese of New Orleans will continue to charter units with the Boy Scouts of America…,” he said….