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Eugene Delgaudio: 8,397 Catholic Chartered Scout Troops Could Be Doomed -- Impact on 273,648 Scouts?

Public Advocate President Eugene Delgaudio predicts the deliberation of the Catholic Church by the end of the year will not be too complicated. "In light of the legal issues by adult homosexual predators using the Catholic Church in a similar manner that adult homosexual predators have used the Boy Scouts of America to infiltrate and perform serial criminal activity, the Catholic Church in America will not open itself up to sponsoring open season on young men on their church properties in the United States as the prospective association with such groups may violate existing court orders, agreements or other settlements, " says Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate.

The Catholic News Service reports, in part, "The Boy Scouts of America's National Council voted late May 23 to allow openly gay youths admittance as members into the 103-year-old organization, effective Jan. 1, 2014."

And the CNS reports "The announcement of the policy change comes amid intense debate about the role of homosexuals in the Boy Scouts of America.

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting said that since the policy change does not take effect until next January, it will have "adequate time to study its effects."

"The NCCS will determine how it may impact Catholic chartered Scout units and activities. In doing so, we will work within the teachings of our Catholic faith and with the various local bishops and their diocesan Scouting committees," the Catholic organization said in a statement."

And "The Catholic Church teaches that people "who experience a homosexual inclination or a same sex attraction are to be treated with respect recognizing the dignity of all persons," the statement said.

"The church's teaching is clear that engaging in sexual activity outside of marriage is immoral," it continued. "Individuals who are open and avowed homosexuals promoting and engaging in homosexual conduct are not living lives consistent with Catholic teaching."

Public Advocate president Eugene Delgaudio, a practicing Catholic observes "This applies to all Catholics and exempts no one in the Church, so it seems the Catholic Church would open itself up to challenges on a broad front from its Obama care litigation to the allegations of child abuse issues if it were to not be consistent on this issue.

The Catholic News Service report is posted at

http://www.uscatholic.org/news/201305/boy-scouts-vote-allow-openly-gay-youths-belong-scout-troops-27357

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