My fb feed had this link from St Louis referencing this letter. My sense is that it’s imprudent for a number of reasons, and not just because I like that box of thin mints in my freezer. A few years ago, some of our students complained that someone had donated Girl Scout cookies and left them on the snack bar. Another student thought the whole kerfuffle was more about being a grumpy fussbudget.
My suspicion is that the GSA/PP association is a one-way stream of support. Scouts are a “charity” and part of a corporate outreach. Catholic money from cookies jingles with a few pennies from other people. Some cash stays in the troop. Some goes for national or regional efforts. Some pays for the cookie dough and advertising. Is it guilt by association?
It strikes me that utilizing the Benedict Option with scouting movements is too pessimistic. Do we have confidence in our ability to remain in positions of persuasion? Local leaders always have more influence on children. What if we need those children to grow up to be well-formed and influential adults?
Are dioceses following their own advice on this front? Chanceries engage a number of businesses–law firms come to mind as prominent examples. Church lawyers may be earning part of a living from beneficial engagement with a lot of people who transgress moral law. How deep do you go past cookies sales? Bankers? Food vendors? Auto mechanics? Made in China? How wide is the conversation among Catholics before such steps are taken?
Does Catholic standing in the community suffer from an initiative like this? In other words, does most of the damage head our way. Does it render our voice in the public square weaker than it was before?