Now that the Boy Scouts of America have insisted that openly gay youth are allowed as members of the Boy Scouts, Catholic parishes need to rethink their relationship with the BSA. This is a more immediate problem for parishes that charter Scouts than for boys who are members of the troops. When a boy openly declares his homosexuality he is declaring his support for a lifestyle that is intrinsically disordered. Otherwise, why would he feel the need announce his sexual preferences to the world? This is problematic for a Catholic parish since this is in direct opposition to Church teaching. The Boy Scouts of America leave no room for the chartering organization to object to this normalization of homosexuality. In fact, by forcing chartering organizations to accept avowed homosexuals as members, the BSA is accepting homosexual behavior as a normal and healthy. This becomes all the more apparent if you read the reports on the first openly gay Scout to achieve the rank of Eagle. I have written my response to this at the Truth & Charity Forum. Here is a snippet:
The award of Eagle Scout to Pascal Terrier suggests there is little room for faithful Catholics in the Boy Scouts of America. He has openly campaigned for the acceptance of homosexual Boy Scouts and continues to push for the acceptance of homosexual leaders. No one is allowed to question the appropriateness of his gay rights advocacy or object to the immorality of professed sexual desires. As an Eagle Scout, he is supposed to represent the pinnacle of moral character. How can a faithful Catholic member of Terrier’s troop attend this Eagle Scout ceremony and sit silently as the gay lifestyle is lauded and celebrated? For there is no doubt that this will be a celebration of homosexuality. The fact that Tessier’s rank of Eagle was featured in the Washington Post and the GLAAD newsletter with lots of discussion of his homosexuality and not a single mention of the service project he did to earn the rank of Eagle is evidence that his award is all about homosexuality and has very little to do with traditional Scouting ideals.Please head on over to the Truth & Charity Forum and read the whole thing.