More like this: Bishop Kagan of Bismarck bans Boy Scouts from Diocese August 5, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society, true leadership, Virtue.
Yes, much, much more like this. Good for Bishop Kagan! I add emphasis in the second paragraph and comments:
Dear Faithful Catholics of the Diocese of Bismarck,
Much has happened during the course of the last few weeks. First, I am most grateful to you for your cooperation and support in listening to my letter during Mass this past weekend. The decision on marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court is having real and unwelcome consequences in many areas of our daily lives and I expect that it will only get worse. If you would like to read my letter, click on this link: http://www.bismarckdiocese.com/news/letter-from-bishop-prayerful-encouragement. [This is one of the better responses from a bishop I’ve read on the diabolical Obergefell decision. That Anthony Kennedy has not been excommunicated is a scandal of the highest order.]
Second, and as expected, the Boy Scouts of America voted to admit openly gay adults into the organization to hold leadership positions. While there are indications that the BSA has a religious organization exception, which each local troop could invoke, that will provide no protection for any of our parishes and/or schools, which sponsor troops. [Whoa. That’s a most significant declaration. Does anyone versed in the law know why this might be? So what Bishop Kagan appears to be saying is that even though the troop might be able to invoke a religious exemption, merely having a Boy Scout troop present could serve as a legal precedent to force Catholic parishes and schools to admit open sodomites to various positions? That seems quite probable, and very disconcerting, considering how few dioceses are taking actions to similarly ban the Twink Scouts]Thus, effective immediately, the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Bismarck and each and every one of its parishes, schools and other institutions, is formally disaffiliated with and from the Boy Scouts of America. If your parish sponsors a troop, your priest has been asked to inform those persons associated with the BSA of this action and to inform the BSA itself of this decision. I regret my decision but, in conscience as the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese of Bismarck, I cannot permit our Catholic institutions to accept and participate directly or indirectly in any organization, which has policies and methods, which contradict the authoritative moral teachings of the Catholic Church.[Absolutely right! Finally a bit of clarity and defense of truth!]
Third, I list here for your consideration acceptable alternatives for our Catholic children and youth, should you wish to offer this in your parish and/or school. There are two very good alternatives to the Girl Scouts of America. They are: American Heritage Girls (americanheritagegirls.org), which has a National Catholic Committee; Little Flowers’ Girls Clubs (eccehomopress.com); and Federation of North American Explorers (fneexplorers.com). There are three alternatives to the Boy Scouts of America, which are acceptable. They are: Federation of North American Explorers (fneexplorers.com); Columbian Squires (kofc.org/un/en/squires); and Trail Life USA (traillifeusa.com), which has a National Catholic Committee in Front Royal, VA.
Odd that he does not list the Troops of St. George? Any idea why that might be, given that the Troops of St. George are explicitly Catholic and adhere to the onerous “safe environment” protocol? I’d be careful with American Heritage Girls and Trail Life, both are overwhelmingly evangelical and there have been reports of proselytizing and low-key persecution of Catholics who join. I have heard some good things about the North American Explorers but don’t know much about them.
God bless Bishop Kagan! May he be blessed for his recent defense of the Faith. I don’t know much about him, and I’m not sure he’s what one would consider a real hero to the Faith, but this action deserves support and recognition. Would that more bishops would exercise their leadership in this manner.