The Response of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS)
- A youth will not be prevented from receiving a rank award or religious emblem simply for having a same-sex attraction.
- A youth will not need to hide the fact that he or she has or experiences this attraction, but a youth also will not be encouraged or pressured to disclose publicly the experience of such attraction.
- A youth, thinking or knowing he or she has a same-sex attraction, should not be afraid that he or she will be bullied or expelled by the Scouting community should it be disclosed
- Persons who experience same-sex attraction and yet are living in accord with Church teaching should be encouraged to take an active role in the life of the faith community. However, the Church has a right to deny roles of service to those whose behavior violates her teaching. Such service may seem to condone an immoral lifestyle and may even be an occasion of scandal.
- Special care ought to be taken to ensure that those carrying out the ministry of the Church not use their position of leadership to advocate positions or behaviors not in keeping with the teachings of the Church. They must not belong to groups that oppose Church teaching. It is not sufficient for those involved in this ministry to adopt a position of distant neutrality with regard to Church teaching.
- For some persons, revealing their homosexual tendencies to certain close friends, family members, a spiritual director, confessor, or members of a Church support group may provide some spiritual and emotional help and aid them in their growth in the Christian life. In the context of parish life, however, general public self-disclosures are not helpful and should not be encouraged.
The Mission of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS)24. What purpose does the NCCS serve for the Catholic Church?
The mission or purpose of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) is to utilize and ensure the constructive use of the programs of the BSA as a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic youth of our nation. This mission is authorized by a Plan of Cooperation between the BSA and the Catholic Bishops of the United States (now USCCB) in 1934. We have no intention of extending this liaison role to other youth serving institutions at this time. As such, training and religious emblem programs (see links 1 and 2 below) developed by the NCCS are specifically for, and made available only to, programs of the BSA. The NCCS materials are protected by copyright. However, our religious activity programs (see link 3 below) are such that anyone may participate in them. Diocesan Catholic committees on Scouting use the programs of the NCCS with Catholics registered in the BSA.
- NCCS Training Programs: http://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/diocesan-training
- NCCS Religious Emblem Programs:http://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/religious-emblems
- NCCS Religious Activity Programs:http://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php/religious-activities
Each entry is a link that you can click on:
- From the conference of Catholic bishops in the state of Washington (written by the Most Reverend Joseph J. Tyson, Bishop of Yakima):
- From the Archdiocese of Atlanta (The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta)
- From the Archdiocese of Denver (The Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver)
- From the Archdiocese of Miami (The Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami)
- From the Archdiocese of Washington (His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington)
- From the Diocese of Duluth (The Most Reverend Paul D. Sirba, Bishop of Duluth)
- From the Diocese of Richmond (The Most Reverend Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond)
- From the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati
- From the Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington
- From the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo
- From the Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston and Bishop Liaison to NCCS
- From the Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend
- From the Most Reverend Michael Jarrell, Bishop of Lafayette
- From the Most Reverend David J. Malloy, Bishop of Rockford
- From the Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas