FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - After 100 years the Catholic Church is investigating what the Girl Scouts stands for. Heading up that committee is the Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
Bishop Kevin Rhoades, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, is leading an inquiry into the Girl Scouts' programs. The goal of this effort is to find out if their teachings still line up with the Catholic Church.
The diocese says many parents have raised concerns to the church. There were also questions raised when State Rep. Bob Morris (R-84th) said he no longer supported the Girl Scouts because of the organization's connection to Planned Parenthood.
Despite a century-long relationship between the Church and the Girl Scouts, the diocese says it owes it to parishioners to find out if these claims are true.
"We still need to vet those organizations," Sean McBride, a diocesan spokesperson, said. "Over time, they have the ability to change, their relationships, their leadership and their policies. We have to continually vet those organizations that do work within our parishes and schools.”
When Morris accused the Girl Scouts of having a partnership with Planned Parenthood, the Girl Scout organization denied the claim.
A spokesperson for the Girl Scouts told the Associated Press they are concerned this action by the Catholic Church will hurt their already declining membership.
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