US archbishop urges Catholics to shun Girl Scouts

A US archbishop has urged priests, scout leaders and other Catholics to sever ties with the Girl Scouts of the USA.

St Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson stated in an open letter that the organisation promotes values “incompatible” with Catholic teachings.

The archbishop urged parishes that host Girl Scout meetings to consider alternative programmes that are more Catholic- or Christian-based.

Archbishop Carlson’s letter states that Girl Scouts of the USA and affiliated organisations promote role models like Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan who are “in conflict with Catholic values”.

The letter states the organisation promotes and is partners with groups that advocate for things such as contraception and abortion rights.

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