Rockford Diocese urges continued partnership with Scouts

Chicago Tribune
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June 7, 2013

The Catholic Diocese of Rockford is calling for its churches to continue working with the Boy Scouts of America despite the group's new acceptance of gay members — a change that led one Crystal Lake church to announce plans to sever ties with a troop it sponsors.

In a statement on the diocese's website, Bishop David Malloy said the Scouts' new policy "does not seem to provide an obstacle to our continued sponsorship of those troops or of Scouting, as long as Catholic principles of morality are followed."

In a previous statement, GLAAD reported the Catholic Church sees a "hopeful future" for the Boy Scouts if they voted to include gay Scouts.