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U.S. Bishops Investigating the Girl Scouts

While commenting on the problems in Catholic parishes caused by Girl Scout programs that are associated with Planned Parenthood, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend revealed that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is in the process of investigating these problems.

Indiana's NewsCenter is reporting that the subject came up while discussing a letter written by an Indiana lawmaker Bob Morris (R) to his fellow lawmakers outlining the multiple claims being made against the Girl Scouts of America. These claims include the problem of Girl Scout troops that run programs with Planned Parenthood in order to teach girls how to explore sex.

Bishop Rhoades said he isn't worried about the Girl Scout troops in the Catholic schools in his diocese because the troop leaders follow church teaching.

He went on to say that even before Morris' letter was written, the Church was already investigating similar claims.

"Some of those concerns that have been raised, and that the congressman raised were already concerns that have come forward and are being studied by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops," said Rhoades.

At the moment, his diocese is not revising its policy with the Girl Scouts because more fact-checking needs to be done by the Church. He will take action only after the USCCB has completed its research.

The problems have caused some schools in Northeast Indiana to switch their programs from the Girl Scouts of America to the American Heritage Girls, a Christian-based organization. Bishop Rhoades had high praise for the alternative program, but said he's not pushing schools in his diocese to make a similar move at the present time.

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