Monday, May 17, 2004

Bishop Gregory Aymond - Diocese of Austin, TX

Following decision of a Texas girl scout troop to drop it's sponsorship of Planned Parenthood's "Nobody's Fool" sexual education conference for teens, one Catholic bishop [said] scouts affiliated with the Catholic Church can't have any ties to Planned Parenthood.

"Scouting troops associated with the diocesan entities will not support, encourage or in any way endorse the activities and programs of Planned Parenthood or any other organization espousing similar beliefs and practices," stated Bishop Gregory Aymond of the Diocese of Austin, in a letter to Catholic school principals and pastors in his diocese.

"Any scouting unit or troop not embracing the above directives shall not be permitted use of parish or school facilities … or indicate association with the Catholic Diocese of Austin. Whether or not we will be able to continue our association with Girl Scouts of America is still questionable," Aymond explained.

There are 25 to 30 troops that meet at Catholic schools or parishes in the diocese, and Bishop Aymond said he is further concerned about the Nobody's Fool sex-education program, which gives no direction on right or wrong and has no Christian morals.

"We have a Catholic scouting program nationally and it would be a shame to lose that link," Bishop Aymond said, "but as Catholics we must stand for Catholic moral principles. I don't see this as a resolved issue."

Source: "Texas Bishop: Catholic Scouts Can't Associate With Planned Parenthood", by Paul Nowak. Staff Writer. May 17, 2004.