Which makes it just plain insane!
BREMERTON, Wash. — On the heels of a historic decision by the Boy Scouts of America, a local priest is making history of his own. He’s among the first in the country to cut all ties to the scouts, now that the organization has agreed to allow openly gay members.
Father Derek Lappe is the priest at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Bremerton.
For years, the church has served as the chartering organization for BSA Troop 1501 in Kitsap County.
“We do things like scout Sunday at mass, the boys are just very much a part of our parish and the life of our parish,” he said.
It’s a partnership he’s now ending, because of the Boy Scout’s latest policy change.
“It was a very difficult decision, it’s a very sad thing, with the long legacy we have of scouting in this parish,” he said.
Ultimately, Lappe says the new scouting policy just doesn’t align with the values and teachings of the Catholic Church.