Statement regarding Girl Scouts USA and Spiritual Scouting

Release Date: 3/6/12

Various issues and concerns have been reported regarding the Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) and alleged problematic relationships with other organizations and other matters of moral concern. Many of these concerns are spreading across the Internet and social media outlets. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has written to Archbishop Allen Vigneron and his brother bishops on this matter, and have deemed it an "important task to establish the facts and to distinguish between legitimate concerns and potential exaggerations."

The U.S. Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth discussed these matters at a meeting March 12, 2012. In the meantime, here in the Archdiocese of Detroit, we have this statement to relay on behalf of the Catholic Youth Organization in cooperation with the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan

The Girl Scouts, their families, and others involved in the scouting will be having the 100th Anniversary Girl Scout Celebration Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, on Sunday, March 11th at 2 p.m. Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda will be the main celebrant.