The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched more allegations and claims of bad morality and has started an official investigation into the Girls Scouts over what they call actions and beliefs inconsistent with the catholic faith. They say the Girl Scouts allowed in a 7 year old transgender child, and that they are affiliated with Planned Parenthood. The investigation coincides with the Girls Scout's 100 year anniversary.
The Scouts, who have numerous parish-sponsored troops, deny many of the claims and defend their alliances. The organization has denied many of the claims they call "recycled" from previous complaints that have already been proven not true, and that they have no alliance with Planned Parenthood.
The church has been successful at getting the organization to bend to its demands on some instances such as removing references to Josefina Lopez, a playwright who the church saw as critical of the faith.
The new inquiry will be conducted by the bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. It will look into the Scouts' "possible problematic relationships with other organizations" and various "problematic" program materials, according to a letter sent by the committee chairman, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne, Ind., to his fellow bishops.
I just don't understand, I'm not catholic, nor is my daughter, so why is the catholic church investigating an organization that my daughter participates in that is not catholic either" asked Debbie Hoffman of Miami. "I feel like it's the inquisition all over again", she added.
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