Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Taylor Wilkerson

3/25/2012 (4 years ago)

Catholic News Agency (www.catholicnewsagency.com)

What parents need to know

Girl Scouts is an organization that has always committed itself to teaching girls wholesome skills, such as self-respect, the ability to communicate effectively with other people, and the tools for leadership. Or so we thought. Parents send their daughters to Girl Scouts because it has the reputation of being a program that instills values and builds character, but it has become increasingly clear recently that parents, especially Catholic parents, need to re-think this traditional image.

With GSUSA exposing its members to liberal ideologies through distributed materials, Catholic parents might want to take a second look at the organization before allowing their daughters to join.

With GSUSA exposing its members to liberal ideologies through distributed materials, Catholic parents might want to take a second look at the organization before allowing their daughters to join.

Highlights

By Taylor Wilkerson

Catholic News Agency (www.catholicnewsagency.com)

3/25/2012 (4 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: girl scouts, GSUSA, girl scouts catholic, liberal


Cookies, little green uniforms, badges: the three main things that come to mind when people think about the Girl Scouts. Anyone who has ever been in the program knows, however, that it is so much more than that.

Girl Scouts is an organization that has always committed itself to teaching girls wholesome skills, such as self-respect, the ability to communicate effectively with other people, and the tools for leadership. Or so we thought. Parents send their daughters to Girl Scouts because it has the reputation of being a program that instills values and builds character, but it has become increasingly clear recently that parents, especially Catholic parents, need to re-think this traditional image. 

Rather than teaching girls social skills, the Girl Scouts of America (GSUSA) is promoting liberal agendas through distributed materials. In the Journey books, a series which GSUSA offers to Girl Scouts as a way of helping the girls learn more about their communities and the world, suggested links lead the girls to sites promoting abortion, contraception, and other things that contradict the social and moral teachings of the Catholic Church. These books praise pro-choice advocates, including Delores Huerta, Gloria Steinem, and Betty Friedan, as being "voices for good" and models for the girls to follow. In one book titled "aMUSE", which is promoted for 4th and 5th graders, GSUSA recommends the play "Simply Maria" by Josefina Lopez. This play mocks purity, marriage, the sanctity of human life, and the Catholic priesthood in shocking ways and is not in the least appropriate for children.

Upon discovering such material last year, one Girl Scout, Sydney Volanski, left the organization and started her own website called Speak Now: Girl Scouts where she provides resources for parents and their children to learn about the ideologies GSUSA is pushing with its members. In an interview with Fox and Friends, Volanski said that the Girl Scouts "promise to be neutral politically and about certain social issues, but when you examine the women that they promote and the websites and books that they refer girls to, there is a clear liberal ideology".

It is also interesting to note that  GSUSA claims that it "does not have a relationship or a partnership with Planned Parenthood", but in a 2004 interview with NBC, the former CEO of GSUSA, Kathy Cloninger, stated "We [the Girl Scouts] have relationships with our church communities...and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country to bring information-based sex education programs to girls."

Odd for an organization that has no ties with Planned Parenthood and also says on its website that it takes no official position on sexuality, contraception, or abortion.

In spite of these issues and the concerns raised by girls and their parents, the new CEO of GSUSA, Anna Maria Chavez, a professing Catholic, does not seem to be making changes and in fact has a liberal history of her own, which includes working with pro-choice officials and organizations. Chavez has described Arizona governor Janet Napolitano, who as governor vetoed a ban on partial birth abortions, as her mentor.

In 2006, Chavez helped set up the Raul H. Castro Institute as a means of helping the Latino community of Arizona. As a member of the RCI Executive Committee, Chavez oversaw the RCI Inaugural Symposium where Yolanda Chavez, a long-time Planned Parenthood sex educator, was the only speaker chosen to address the question of how to solve the problem of teenage pregnancy. In 2009, Chavez delivered a keynote address at the Women's Equality Day celebration, which was sponsored by several organizations, including Planned Parenthood of San Antonio and South Central Texas.

This is not the impression one gets after reading the letter which Chavez recently sent to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). In the letter, Chavez introduces herself to the bishops and says that the Girl Scouts are "committed to building stronger ties with all faith communities, including the Catholic Church". One has to wonder, if this statement is true, why GSUSA seems more committed to promoting ideas contrary to the Church's moral teaching and introducing young girls to websites and resources which mock the Catholic Church and give information about abortion and contraception than "building stronger ties" with the Church. It seems that Ms. Chavez, who is the CEO of an organization that claims knowing what one believes and standing for it is a quality of effective leadership, has some very important decisions to make.

---

Founded in continued response to Pope John Paul IIs call for a New Evangelization, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) has been, since 2004, one of the fastest growing Catholic news providers to the English speaking world.



Comments


More Living Faith

How to be a missionary of mercy: Bishop Caggiano blows minds at WYD Watch

Image of Be the change you want to see.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Too many people believe God has only called a select few to the path of mercy and compassion when the truth is we have all been called to be missionaries of mercy. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Catholic News Service, many young pilgrims who traveled ... continue reading


Popular country singer sings powerful, MUST-HEAR song to 'Pray for Peace' Watch

Image of Reba McEntire releases touching 'Pray for Peace' music video (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Country music artist, actress and author Reba McEntire released a music video titled "Pray for Peace," which has since touched hearts around the world. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The "Pray for Peace" video features people of all walks of life holding their ... continue reading


'Don't be afraid': Pope Francis delivers first balcony speech for World Youth Day Watch

Image of Pope Francis at WYD (PopeFrancisVisit).

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

On his first night in Krakow Pope Francis was already stirring things up with participants in WYD by hosting an off-the-cuff Q and A and telling them to 'make chaos' by spreading the joy of their faith. Krakow, Poland (CNA/EWTN News) - "You must do your duty and make ... continue reading


You're Pope for a day! See what's it really like to be pope! Could you do the job? Watch

Image of You're pope for a day. Can you do the job?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Congratulations on becoming pope for the day! You have a busy day ahead, so get some rest, the night will be short. VATICAN CITY, ITALY (Catholic Online) - The buzz of the alarm jolts you awake. With bleary eyes you glance at the clock which reads 4:45am. It's time to ... continue reading


Did Pope Francis seriously just give nuns permission to play Pokemon Go? Watch

Image of Texting, tweeting or Pokemon? Moderation is key, and that goes for absolutely everybody, not just nuns.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis is encouraging the use of social media for nuns, on the condition they use it properly and in moderation. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Pope Francis has issued a new document praising the work nuns do. Within the document, he also suggests that ... continue reading


'We are all God's children': Cardinal urges WYD pilgrims to ensure the Gospel of Jesus reaches the world Watch

Image of

By CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz's welcome to World Youth Day pilgrims on Tuesday had a stirring reminder: it is up to them to ensure that the Gospel of Jesus Christ reaches the world. Krakow, Poland (CNA/EWTN News) - "Carry the flame of your faith and ignite with it other ... continue reading


Pope request prayers for all en route to 31st World Youth Day Watch

Image of Pope Francis asks for prayers for the pilgrims.

By Ann Schneible (CNA/EWTN News)

Pope Francis has asked for prayers as he, and all the pilgrims attending this year's World Youth Day, prepare to make their way to Krakow, Poland for the international event. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - The Pope, who leaves Wednesday, said Sunday that he is ... continue reading


Pope Francis responds to the heartbreaking attacks around the world Watch

Image of

By Ann Schneible (CNA/EWTN News)

On Sunday, Pope Francis responded to recent acts of violence in Germany and Afghanistan, expressing his closeness to the families of the victims, and stressing the importance of prayer in the face of threats against "safety and peace." Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - ... continue reading


'Contemplative communities are not immune': Pope Francis on prayer Watch

Image of Cloisters have new prayer habits.

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

Amid modern challenges emerging from a culture which provides increasingly easier access to outside distractions, Pope Francis has issued new norms for women's cloistered communities, which place a special emphasis on prayer and the centralization of communities. LOS ... continue reading


'She is the witness to the risen Christ': Mary Magdalene honored Watch

Image of Mary Magdalene to get upgraded feast day (Alamy).

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

Faithful to the wish of Pope Francis, a new decree has bumped the liturgical celebration honoring St. Mary Magdalene from a memorial to a feast, putting her on par with the apostles. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - The reason, according to Archbishop Arthur ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • A world without nuclear weapons
  • St. Martha: Saint of the Day for Friday, July 29, 2016
  • Daily Readings for Friday, July 29, 2016
  • Daily Reading for Sunday, July 31st, 2016 HD Video
  • Popular country singer sings powerful, MUST-HEAR song to 'Pray for Peace'
  • A Prayer for Special Intentions HD Video
  • How to be a missionary of mercy: Bishop Caggiano blows minds at WYD

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 18:1-6
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh as follows,2 'Get ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 146:1-2, 2-4, 5-6
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, my soul!2 I will praise Yahweh all ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:47-53
47 'Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet that is cast in the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 28th, 2016 Image

St. Innocent I
July 28: Innocent was born at Albano, Italy. He became ... Read More