Diocese will continue to sponsor Boy Scouts of America

The Catholic Diocese of Jackson will continue to support and sponsor Boy Scouts of America (BSA) units in parishes and schools. BSA has affirmed that sponsoring organizations can select leaders who meet moral and religious standards set by the sponsoring organization, despite a recent change in their leadership rules.

BSA’s national executive board ratified a resolution on Monday, July 27, stating that no adults can be denied registration as employees or non-unit serving volunteers on the basis of sexual orientation, opening the possibility of homosexual leaders. However, the resolution appears to respect the needs of Catholic and other chartering organizations to select leaders for their troops whose character and conduct are consistent with those of Catholic teaching.

The diocese recognizes the value of scouting in the development of faith and leadership skills for young men and will continue to select leaders who are models of Catholic faith and the values of BSA.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting issued this statement about the matter as well. 

Media Contact: Maureen Smith
Director of Communications, Diocese of Jackson
(601) 969-3581 — maureen.smith@jacksondiocese.org