Cookies and Lawyers

peppermintMy 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?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Cookies and Lawyers

  1. Liam says:

    Let’s see the Archbishop address other practices dear to many Catholics but where organs of the Church have a tighter nexus to harm. (No, I don’t mean shuffling around abusers of divers sorts.) Like, um, concussion injuries from football at Catholic educational institutions….

  2. Melody says:

    “…does most of the damage head our way?” I’d say, yes, most definitely. The negative publicity is going to reflect worse on the Catholics. You are right that local leaders have the most influence on the kids. If there are solid people leading things locally, there’s not going to be a problem. What is it that is said about “degrees of separation” ; there’s going to be quite a few layers between the local Girl Scout troops and PP. I believe it is safe to say that no cookie money is going to go to PP. I recall that there is a badge that can be earned on “Our Bodies”, or something like that. If the local leaders didn’t approve of the study materials for this badge couldn’t they just opt out of offering it?

  3. Jim McCrea says:

    Poor St. Louis:

    Justin Rigali
    Raymond Burke
    Robert Carlson

    Makes one begin to wonder if there really IS a God. By now the good people of SL must be saying and thinking: My God, My God, Why have You abandoned us?

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