Kansas City, Kansas residents who might a craving for Thin Mints will soon find themselves out of luck.
Girl Scout leaders in Kansas City are fuming since pastors from their local Archdiocese began looking at how to sever ties with the time-honored group for becoming too politically liberal.
“I have asked the pastors of the Archdiocese to begin the process of transitioning away from the hosting of parish Girl Scout troops and toward the chartering of American Heritage Girls troops,” Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann said in a statement released Monday.
American Heritage Girls was founded in 1995 as an alternative to the Girls Scouts organization that has been steadily moving leftward and kowtowing to political correctness.
Pastors are currently deciding whether to gradually transition away from the Girl Scouts or do it abruptly, the Kansas City Star reported.
“Pastors were given the choice of making this transition quickly, or to, over the next several years, ‘graduate’ the scouts currently in the program,” Naumann said.
“Regardless of whether they chose the immediate or phased transition, parishes should be in the process of forming American Heritage Girl troops, at least for their kindergartners, this fall.”
While local troop leaders are fuming at the decision, church leaders claim they’ve been getting complaints from parents about the liberal direction of Girl Scouts.
Concerned parents have complained about the de-emphasis of its faith-based mission, accused the group of supporting pro-abortion Planned Parenthood and claim it has steered away from celebrating the traditional American family.
As just one example of the firestorm surrounding Girl Scouts, former scouts made Fox News in 2011 and accused the group of hiding radical liberal ties including Planned Parenthood. The clip can be watched below:
“This is frustrating; parents are very irritated,” Maria Walters, a former Girl Scout leader in the archdiocese and mother of two Girl Scouts told the Star. “I feel we should all be together as one in the community. This does nothing but divide us.
“I don’t know why you would take an organization out of a school when it provides an option for girls to feel like they’re part of a group.”
Walters claims her troop has lost a few members to American Heritage Girls but is still going strong with 75 members and is worried about the fate of the group under the decision of the archdiocese.
“We have lost some to American Heritage Girls,” she said. “We are still allowed to meet here, but I don’t know for how long. It’s frustrating when you have American Heritage Girls and Boys Scouts in the school newsletter, but no Girl Scouts. We are not allowed to recruit on campus, so we’re going to have to use Facebook and other technology to reach out to people.”
American Heritage Girls has been growing by leaps and bounds according to its founder, Patti Garibay.
“We use the methods of scouting to achieve our mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country,” national executive director, Garibay, told the Star.
Garibay said she started the organization 22 years ago as “a little club” for her daughter.
“I never really anticipated it being anything like this,” she said. “I think God had a bigger plan. We’re just happy to serve and to help girls navigate.”
With the Kansas City Girl Scouts’ fate in limbo, Naumann made it clear where he stood with an order on the group’s number one fundraiser.
“No Girl Scout cookie sales should occur in Catholic Schools or on parish property after the 2016-2017 school year,” he said in a letter to priests in January.
“We’re trying to make it as pastoral and gradual as we can,” Deacon Dana Nearmyer told the Star . “There’s no malice at all.”
“Several years ago, a number of Catholic school moms called us up and said, ‘We’d like to have a Christian program for our after-school girls’ program,’ ” he said. “So we did a bunch of research and tried to find the best mission fit for us, and American Heritage Girls seemed like that was going to be the best fit.”
Nearmyer said that so far about 150 to 200 girls in the archdiocese have joined American Heritage Girls, the Star reported.
“But we’re kind of ramping up to try to support folks as it comes online,” he said, “because those numbers will swell.”
The Girl Scouts leaders might not like the changes, but there’s likely little they can do to stop it.
“Diocesan bishops have the final authority over what is appropriate for Catholic scouting in their dioceses,” the bishops’ conference said.
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