Whether a Catholic Can in Good Faith Participate in The Boy Scouts of America

Objection 1: It would seem that since the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on homosexual youth membership, participation in Scouting is incongruent with the Catholic faith.  

Objection 2: Further, it would seem that,  since lifting its ban on “avowed” homosexual adult leadership, the BSA stands in contradiction to Catholic teaching, and shows a lack of concern for youth safety and an indifference to providing chaste role models for scouts.

On the contrary, I answer that by admitting same-sex-attracted youth, the Scouts have come into better alignment with church teaching.

Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times;
to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.

To the second objection, I answer that BSA’s “youth protection” program is the more functional equivalent of the diocesan “safe environment” program.

Mike Hamann