Regarding the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow "openly gay" Scouts, the well-known, right wing, homophobic clergyman, Father Richard Perozich of the Diocese of San Diego writes:
From a Catholic spiritual understanding, homosexual attraction is a strong tendency toward a moral evil. In no case can it be approved. Even a young Scout with this condition can be helped. If, however, he declares this condition as his identity with the right to act on it, the other Scouts need to be protected from him and the influence of his ideation, any homosexual sexual touching or talk, or invitation to participate in or to accept this evil.
|Father Richard Perozich reading his
large print edition of "Scouting for Boys"
I would not allow a child under my care to be near either another child or an adult who identifies with, encourages acceptance of, or practices homosexuality.
Our parish gave material support to the Scouts in our region until yesterday. We have withdrawn financial aid but will support them with prayer so that the adults retreat from their cowardice before the evil of homosexuality and its perpetrators, and be about protecting and forming young men according to classic Scout values in accord with Catholic teaching.
Mr Perozich is unmarried.