GSUSA (Girl Scouts USA): Issues of Concern

As many of you may be aware, concerns regarding GSUSA continue this week. Specifically, EWTN is broadcasting a five-part anti-GSUSA series this week called “Mission Aborted” as part of its Women of Grace TV program, which airs daily at 11 a.m. An anti-GSUSA site is promoting the series, along with the American Heritage Girls. In addition, many of your bishops may have received an e-mail from Christy Volanski on this matter.

NFCYM

As many of you may be aware, concerns regarding GSUSA continue this week. Specifically, EWTN is broadcasting a five-part anti-GSUSA series this week called “Mission Aborted” as part of its Women of Grace TV program, which airs daily at 11 a.m. An anti-GSUSA site is promoting the series, along with the American Heritage Girls. In addtion, many of your bishops may have received an e-mail from Christy Volanski on this matter.

We draw your attention to the following link:

·        2011 and the new 2012 NFCYM Position statements on GSUSA

It has also come to our attention that there is confusion between Catholic News Agency (CNA) and Catholic News Service (CNS). For your information, Catholic News Service is the only official news agency associated with the USCCB.

Lastly, please know that the USCCB is aware of these concerns (recent e-mails and EWTN series) and that the NFCYM is working closely with the Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth. In March, the Committee on the Laity will formally discuss these concerns, which will hopefully lead to some resolution. In the meantime, we urge each diocesan director to keep their bishop informed about NFCYM and USCCB efforts and to contact their local GSUSA Council to begin (or continue) a conversation on these areas of concern. As stated in our 2012 Updated Position Statement, it is only through dialogue that change will come, and we are pleased with the change to GSUSA program resources that has already taken place.