The institutional Catholic church has provided yet another demonstration of its active contempt for women or, in this case, girls.
The Washington Post reports this morning that the Kansas City Archdiocese has summarily terminated its relationship with the Girl Scouts of America because the GSA has the temerity to cite Margaret Sanger, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem as role models (emphasis mine):
In the latest instance, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is ending its relationship with the Girl Scouts and transitioning its support to a Christian-based scouting group, saying the Girl Scouts’ programs and materials are “reflective of many of the troubling trends in our secular culture,” and that the organization is “no longer a compatible partner in helping us form young women with the virtues and values of the Gospel.”
Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann said in a statement Monday the archdiocese’s pastors have been asked to begin phasing out Girl Scouts troops, either quickly or over the next several years. As an alternative, the statement said, they should begin forming troops through American Heritage Girls, which describes itself as a “Christ-centered leadership and character development ministry” and promotes itself as a faith-based alternative to the secular Girl Scouts.
“I just wish we could have coexisted,” said Maria Walters, a former Girl Scout leader in the archdiocese and mother of two Girl Scouts, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “To take down a little girls organization when kids need to feel connected, need to feel important, is really sad to me.”
“Many leaders were very concerned and quite frankly angry about it,” Walters said. She is particularly unsettled by the fact that the archdiocese has so far not taken such actions against the Boy Scouts of America.
[American Heritage Girls] was attractive to the archdiocese because of its Christian values and in part because of its opposition to abortion. Some of the troops have participated in protests and prayer vigils outside clinics that perform abortions, the Kansas City Star reported.
The institutional Catholic church continues its war on women. Its institutional misogyny continues.