Catholic Diocese of Rochester issues statement on Boy Scouts decision

Posted at: 05/24/2013 4:45 PM

There is reaction today from the Catholic Diocese of Rochester on the Boy Scouts lifting its ban on openly gay scouts.  

The Diocese says local scout troops are chartered by churches, schools and fraternal organizations like the Knights of Columbus. “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 church's teaching is clear that engaging in sexual activity outside of marriage is immoral. Individuals who are open and avowed homosexuals promoting and engaging in homosexual conduct are not living lives consistent with catholic teaching.”

The Catholic Committee on Scouting says it will study how this new position will impact Catholic-chartered scout units.