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Diocese of Lincoln Statement on Scouting

Last month, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America voted to amend Boy Scouting’s membership standards. The new standards state that "no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."

The Church teaches that discrimination based on sexual preference or proclivity is unjust — no one should be denied an opportunity for character formation solely because of their sexual attractions. However, when sexual attractions or activities are disordered, and especially when they form the character of the person, the Church has an obligation to call her members to conversion. And, in the formation of youth, the Church has an obligation to ensure that youth and adult leaders are examples in Christian virtue.

At present, the Diocese of Lincoln will continue to allow parish-chartered Scouting troops, though we will continue to evaluate the activities of the Boy Scouts. All Scout leaders are urged to proclaim and witness to the Church’s teachings regarding sexuality and human dignity, and to promote a vision of sexuality which is rooted in the Gospel itself.

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