Erin Saiz Hanna, 401.588.0457, Women’s Ordination Conference
Marianne Duddy-Burke, 617.669.7810, DignityUSA
Jon O’Brien, 202.986.6093, Catholics for Choice
Nicole Sotelo, 773.404.0004 x285, Call To Action
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 15, 2012
Catholics Come Out in Support of Girl Scouts
“These are exactly the type of young women needed in the Church today.”
As Catholic organizations we congratulate the Girl Scouts on their 100thyear anniversary and thank them for modeling the best of what girls can be: strong, bold, value-based young women. What a shame that Catholic officials cannot see these young women for the gift they are to the church and world.
The Bishops’ attempt to exert pressure on the Girl Scouts is the most recent episode in an increasingly troubling sequence of attacks against women and girls, both inside and outside the Church. From the hierarchy’s mandate against the nuns to its most recent heavy-handed inquiry into the Girl Scouts, the Bishops’ actions not only reveal the growing gap between the hierarchy and the faithful, but also sends harmful messages about womanhood to our daughters in faith. We urge the Bishops to cease the investigations.
As Catholic organizations that seek a more just and inclusive church, we stand in solidarity with the 59 million women and girls who have been a part of the Girl Scouts. We thank these women and girls—our sisters— for their witness of what it means to be a woman who knows her own giftedness in the face of a religion or society that too often undervalues her self-worth.