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February 22, 2016

Influential Archbishop Denounces Girl Scouts

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, an influential Catholic leader, is calling for parishes to consider cutting ties with the Girl Scouts because the nonprofit's values are "incompatible" with Catholicism, reports the Associated Press.

Archbishop Carlson wrote in an open letter that the archdiocese and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have been concerned about the Girl Scouts for years because of what he calls its promotion of contraception and abortion rights and its "position on and inclusion of transgender and homosexual issues." He suggested that parishes consider supporting alternative, Christian organizations for young women.

Girl Scouts of the USA said in a statement that it “looks forward to extending our longstanding relationship with faith-based organizations, including the Catholic Church and Catholic communities, throughout the country."