Now that seems like a silly question, doesn’t it? I know at our parish there are several girls selling the delightful cookies every year at this time following Mass. How can one turn down these sweet young girls, even if the cookies are not on your diet? (I personally love the Samoas the best). Imagine my surprise when I learned today that this national organization partners with Planned Parenthood who distributes materials teaching that abortions are not all that bad!

Granted, I may be a little late learning about this issue but I really haven’t been spending much time lately reading the news or following the buzz on Google+. Could this really be as bad as it appears or is it just “right wing” propaganda blown out of proportion? I decided to investigate.

First, I came across this video featuring the  CEO of the Girl Scouts on the Today show. Yep, it’s true. The Girl Scouts organization does, indeed, partner with Planned Parenthood to “educate” girls on sexual matters.

Wow! As a Catholic I can’t think of a worse organization than Planned Parenthood to be teaching young girls about matters of human sexuality. Birth control, abortion and dealing with “hotness” are all topics taught by Planned Parenthood. Ok, so I dug around some more and found the following information concern this partnership between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood: is a website dedicated to exposing the Girl Scouts’ entanglement with a number of organizations we as Catholics would not want to be affiliated with. I’m often skeptical of sites like this, thinking they are more sensational in their claims than they are factual. However, if you follow the links you’ll see that the claims revealed seem to be credible and, in fact, quite scary.

I also checked out what my Catholic friends on Google+ were posting about this and found links to articles that were enlightening. Here’s a couple of them:

There are many more. And, of course, there are also many people who are not happy about this negative publicity for the Girl Scouts. They are primarily those who support birth control and the type of sex education that promotes it. They could care less about what the Catholic Church teaches on the topic…they are the pro-choice liberals who generally believe the Church is living in the dark ages. Here are a couple of those links to their opinions to provide another perspective on the matter. Of course, this is not a Catholic perspective, nor is it mine. Nothing like coming out against Girl Scouts, birth control, abortion and Planned Parenthood to get people riled up! Such is life within today’s culture of death:

So there you have it. What do you think? Should Catholics allow Girl Scouts to sell cookies in the parish narthex after Mass now that we all know of the national organization’s affiliations? Would we be unfairly punishing these sweet young girls by boycotting their sweet treats on grounds of higher moral principle? Does it matter that most of the profit of the cookies go into the pockets of a very large national organization who fosters relationships with the likes of the nation’s largest abortion provider? Or should we just look the other way and buy a couple of boxes to make the young girls selling them happy? What’s our responsibility as Catholics in this matter? I’d love to know your thoughts.

Update: Read my comment below for information which I understand is sent by the Diocese of Knoxville to those who contact the Diocese concerning the connection between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood.

9 thoughts on “Should Catholics Buy Girl Scout Cookies?

  • January 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Nice article. I’ve not bought GSC in quite some time, and have never made a practice of purchasing them. However, the argument, IMO, falls flat. Perhaps we should apply that line of reasoning to anything we consume in life – any food, spirituous beverage, clothing, printing services and Heaven forbid, the Internet. Somewhere, somebody will use the money we exchange for products or services in a manner with which we disagree. Shall we then exorcise ourselves from this world? Why, of course not! It’s impossible! What we can do, however, is to continue to raise consciousness and work toward justice. Since the fall of humanity, the world has been under the burden of a culture of death. It won’t get any better until the end of time as we know it. And yet, it neither excuses us from continuing to labor in the Master’s fields for His harvest.

  • January 29, 2012 at 3:35 am

    When there is another option, it is always good to raise our children in the path of what is right. In this case, there IS another option. The American Heritage Girls is founded on Christian Values. Our daughter and our money will NOT serve a company that carries out abortions. Our daughter and our money will work for Christ.

  • January 29, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I received the following information which I understand is sent by the Diocese of Knoxville to those who contact the Diocese concerning the connection between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood:

    It is unfortunately true that over the past decade Planned Parenthood has worked particularly hard to develop a closer relationship, though not formal in nature, with Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA). The “Boycott List” published by Life Decisions International cites the Girl Scouts as “allow[ing] Planned Parenthood access to members.” As a result, some parents have decided to support an alternative Christian organization called Heritage Girls – Other parents, though, instead of abandoning the organization that they have invested much time in over the years, have become more keenly attentive to what is going on within the Girl Scouts and are committed to being a counter influence for its good, remaining vigilant for any signs of undue influence by the likes of such organizations as Planned Parenthood.

    Locally, we have one such committed Girl Scout mother who has accepted this challenge and is now working at the national level as well to help protect the integrity of the organization. It is her opinion, and one shared by the bishop, that it is not time to abandon ship, but time to stand up as Catholics and to witness to our faith and to defend the principles consistent with this faith within the Girl Scouts. Pasted below is a very informative article by Denver Auxiliary Bishop James Conley who addressed concerns about the Girl Scouts of America. Bishop Stika’s thoughts on the Girl Scouts do not differ from Bishop Conley’s and he also echoes his cautions as well.

    As Bishop Conley points out, “parents, as the primary educators of their children, have every right to insist that their beliefs, especially their moral and religious beliefs, be respected-not undermined-by the organizations to which they entrust their children. Parents need to remain alert to the content of their daughters’ activities. And Catholics involved in the Girl Scouting movement should make it clear to leadership that Scouting is only a means to an end-the proper formation of young character. It’s not an end in itself; and should Scouting ever fail in that proper formation, other groups can be found or formed to take its place.”

    So while not remaining naïve of what has been occurring within the Girl Scouts at the national level, and no doubt within some councils and chapters in the U.S., parents are called to be vigilant, as they should be with their children’s education in our public schools where Planned Parenthood also endeavors to impress its agenda and vision upon impressionable minds.

    The good about Girl Scouting, and a caution

    June 1, 2011 – For many Catholics, Scouting is one of the best memories of childhood-and for good reason. It’s a time of fun, friendship and adventure. That was certainly my own Boy Scout experience.

    At its best, Scouting forms the young person in a spirit of service. It creates a sense of duty to the wider community. It also builds character and cultivates civic virtue.

    So it’s no surprise that many Catholic parishes sponsor Boy and Girl Scout troops. And they’ve done so, with great results, for decades. Plus, when it comes to the Girl Scouts, who can argue with the best cookies in the world?

    Over the past year though, a growing number of Catholic parents and youth ministers have shared a concern with me. And it deserves some discussion.

    Their unease involves the Girl Scouts, and especially the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

    Youth ministers are quick to note that Scouting’s structure allows for a lot of autonomy. Girls make up local troops. Troops make up councils. And nationwide councils make up Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA).

    GSUSA and a few other large organizations make up WAGGGS. Each local council or troop determines what’s appropriate for its specific needs. Each troop leader decides what members see.

    Nonetheless, what happens at the international and national levels of Scouting has an important trickle-down effect. This is exactly why “pro-choice” organizations have worked to develop connections with the Scouting movement.

    Parents would be wise to spend some serious time browsing the WAGGGS ( and GSUSA websites, following the links they find there, and examining for themselves how these organizations deal with sexuality, “choice” and reproductive issues. It may be a sobering experience.

    As one youth minister recently wrote:

    “It’s hard to imagine that a girl who remains involved with Girl Scouts into young adulthood won’t eventually learn of the connections her organization has with ‘pro-choice’, pro-contraception and ‘reproductive freedom’ groups.

    Having been influenced by GSUSA, she’ll be more receptive to this agenda. And if she was introduced to GSUSA through her parents and her local parish, then that will inevitably create contradictions between her Catholic faith and her Scouting experience.”

    The many good things offered by Girl Scouting in Colorado deserve praise from the Catholic community. Scouting and the Church have always had, and hopefully will continue to have for many years, a very positive relationship.

    But parents, as the primary educators of their children, have every right to insist that their beliefs, especially their moral and religious beliefs, be respected-not undermined-by the organizations to which they entrust their children.

    Parents need to remain alert to the content of their daughters’ activities. And Catholics involved in the Girl Scouting movement should make it clear to leadership that Scouting is only a means to an end-the proper formation of young character.

    It’s not an end in itself; and should Scouting ever fail in that proper formation, other groups can be found or formed to take its place.

    ** The Register editors welcome comments about Scouting in general and the Girl Scouts in particular; the experiences of parents with Scouting; and examples of Scouting at its best. Email

    Most Rev. James D. Conley is auxiliary bishop of the Denver Archdiocese.

  • January 29, 2012 at 7:34 am

    The evil of PPH is everywhere… amidst our very young, innocent & influential little girls. Parents, be vigilant.

    As for buying cookies, I can’t cancel my order – a little girl at my church depends on it this year & she’s too young to understand why I would do that. However, next year I’ll have to politely (and sadly) decline.

    Heavenly Father, protect our little ones… all of them.

  • January 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

    It’s all about the $ and until they feel the loss the GS will not change their new agenda.
    However, they need to be honest about what it is and quit deluding the American public who have trusted this age-old organization. So–yes–boycott those cookies—teach those cute little girls some morals and quit worrying about whether or not they get a cookie prize etc.—give them some money to purchase some craft items etc—because the new GS agenda have moved away from badges/crafts and what most are familiar with. Don’t leave these girls to question down the road– “why was I a part of this hugely liberal organization that promoted abortions!?” and the biggest question will be—“Why did my Catholic church ignore this?” Exceptions to the few brave churches who have taken a stand!

  • February 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I was totally unaware of where the money goes from the sale of these cookies. I ran a troop back in the 80’s & still never knew.
    Why do they still sell the cookies in Catholic Troops, also why do they still sell them outside after every Mass?

  • February 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing this news. Sadly, I’ve seen firsthand how GSUSA has become increasingly progressive over the years (my 3 girls were Scouts 10 yrs ago). I invite everyone who is alarmed by this news and wants to learn the truth to tune in to EWTN all this week, to the “Women of Grace” show. Series is called “”Girl Scouts: Mission Aborted”. EWTN is on cable TV and also free to watch online, at

    I also invite all Conservative Catholics to visit our FB site: Catholic Tea Party.
    P.S. Congrats on your wt loss! Tell us more about how you did it!

    • February 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Kevin- Thanks for the heads-up on the Women of Grace show this week. I’ve got the DVR programmed. Regarding the weight loss…it wasn’t by eating lots of Girl Scout cookies! We followed Weight Watchers and started walking. Anyone can do it. -Scott

  • March 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I was a GS leader in the 80’s when they allowed the word, “God,” in the GS Promise to be replaced by “Allah,” “Creator,” “Mother Earth,” etc. This was my first knowledge that things were changing. Over the past few years I am more and more disappointed. I determined a while back to support the local troops by making a cash donation when they have a cookie booth. After all, the troop only gets to keep about $0.35 per box. The rest goes to “National.” Some is returned to the troops, but most is not. By making a donation to the troop, they get to keep all of the $$ and can make use of it themselves. Sorry about the badges and cookie promos…
    There are some alternatives, namely the American Heritage Girls, and closer to our Catholic heart, is “The Little Flowers of St. Thérèse.” It would seem that these groups would be a better fit for those who do not appreciate the liberal leanings of the GSUSA.


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