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Bishop in North Dakota breaks off Church ties with Boy Scouts over new gay policy

August 05, 2015

Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck, North Dakota has ordered all parishes and schools in the diocese to end their ties with the Boys Scouts of America, after the Boy Scouts changed their longstanding policy to allow openly homosexual adult leaders.

"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," the bishop said.


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Aug. 05, 2015 10:11 PM ET USA

    I would have thought that the Bishop would have also mentioned his concern for the moral, physical and psychological safety of the scouts.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Aug. 05, 2015 10:00 PM ET USA

    Since the national BS organization recognizes the right of religious-affiliated organizations to consider themselves exempt from the homosexual policy on religious grounds, the issue becomes moot for all those church-based scout troops. If people vote with their feet, this may presage the defeat of the homosexualist movement in scouting; if they don't, then that heralds a bigger issue with our current culture.

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 05, 2015 7:00 PM ET USA

    It would have been nice to see a similar response to the Boy Scouts of America from the whole USCCB!

  • Posted by: feedback - Aug. 05, 2015 6:47 PM ET USA

    May God bless the good and faithful Shepherd of God's people!

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 05, 2015 5:51 PM ET USA

    I celebrate the action of a bishop with a spinal column. May he be joined by others. There are moral alternatives to this BS (Boy Scouts).