Rockford Diocese Addresses Boy Scout Policy Change

Jun 6, 2013

Diocese of Rockford Bishop David J. Malloy
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

The Catholic Diocese of Rockford is asking churches to continue to keep charters with the Boy Scouts of America. Currently, 42 scouting units are sponsored by Catholic parishes or organizations within the Rockford Diocese.

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Bishop David Malloy issued a statement in response to the new policy issues by the Scouts.

The teaching of the Catholic Church regarding moral behavior for all persons outside the marital state remains the same. In addition, the policy of the Boy Scouts of America states "Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether homosexual, or heterosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting." This tenet of the Boy Scouts of America is not incompatible with the Church's teaching.

As Catholics we are called to love all people as fellow children of God, our creator. In doing so we must guide each other to live moral and chaste lives and never encourage or condone behavior contrary to God's plan for us. -Statement from David J. Malloy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford