News from ‘All Around:
In response GSUSA has strongly stated it "does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood and does not plan to create one." "Parents and volunteer troop leaders in Catholic churches," it said, "have total control of the Girl Scout programming their girls receive."
Given the large number of Catholics involved in Girl Scouts, such concerns prompted the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth to discuss GSUSA’s "possible problematic relationships with other organizations." In a March 28 letter to his fellow bishops, committee chairman Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of South Bend-Fort Wayne, Ind., indicated that the committee wants to develop a resource bishops can share with priests, youth ministers, pro-life directors, educators and others in their diocese on Catholic identity for troops and guidance for parents. Bishop Rhoades said the committee "affirmed the good service" Catholic Girl Scouts have provided and continue to provide to their communities and to the church.
Robert McCarty, executive director of the Washington-based National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in Washington was also present at the meeting. McCarty told CNS April 9 that the bishops’ Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth would convene a group soon to discuss what resources and tools would help create dialogue among church and Girl Scout leaders "more intentionally" and provide clear guidelines for predominantly Catholic troops where "Catholic teaching is honored and at the forefront."
Read the full Catholic News Service report
News from ‘Round Here:
Monday I was out of the office and visiting my old offices at the NFCYM. I did some light catching-up, but also revived an intentional briefing regarding Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers. Tuesday was a DYYAM staff meeting with a full agenda but also full good spirits regarding the tasks before us. Lots of good desk time getting things moving for MAC ‘13 as well as a Catholic Schools conference on the New Evangelization.
Spent most of Wednesday in the office alone. It was administrative assistants day but health reasons caused a delay in our celebrations. I had a good day writing scripts for the Annual Recognition Celebration and other chores as well.
Thursday started off with a group of happy visitors, Our Association of Professional Youth Ministers was in as part of their “play and pray” day. Unfortunately, I could not attend as I participated in a full day Mid Atlantic Conference ‘13 planning day. The day ended with a completion of ARC scripts (before my deadline) and some hospitality for musicians practicing for the weekend’s Young Adult Mass. Whew- long day!
Friday was a short day. Desk work until noon, including a letter of reference for a friend and blog reader, and then off. A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious evening involved the touring production of the Mary Poppins musical.
Saturday morning found me meeting with the newly forming Filipino council. Great conversation and food! I ran some errands and then attempted to sleep off a fever.
Sunday, I visited my eldest as her MD SPCA had their annual large fund-raise with the MArch for the Animals. I missed attending the seasonal Young Adult Mass as I attended the MAC ‘12 volunteer celebration.