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Duluth Diocese responds to decision of Boy Scouts
The Diocese of Duluth has released the following official statement regarding a recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America regarding homosexual Scouts:
For over 100 years the Boy Scouts of America has provided a wonderful opportunity for boys and young men to develop character and virtue and to exemplify the values of service, community, friendship, leadership, and fundamental duty to God. Young people need supportive formation encouraged by a community of peers and virtuous leaders.
Our parishes, schools and other Catholic entities have always had the right and duty to choose leadership for their units. That right and responsibility remains in place. Catholic chartered units will continue to select leaders who promote and live Catholic values, whose lifestyles are consistent with authentic Catholic teaching. At least two key principles guide us. The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly teaches that persons who experience a homosexual inclination are to be treated with respect and dignity and not unjustly discriminated against. The Catechism also teaches that homosexual, as well as immoral heterosexual, behavior is wrong.
The Diocese of Duluth has used the scout program for many years as a valuable and effective program for youth. We expect that it will continue to be part of our ministry for many years to come.
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