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UPDATE: Catholic church reconsiders hosting Scouts

UPDATED Wednesday, September 18, 2013 --- 9:30 a.m.

ALTOONA, Wis. (AP) -- A Boy Scout troop will be able to keep its home base at a Catholic church in Altoona.

Catholic leaders have reconsidered a tentative decision to have Troop 90 look elsewhere for a place to meet after the Boy Scouts revised a membership policy to allow openly gay boys to join the scouting program.

The pastoral council at St. Mary's Catholic Church had strongly recommended cutting ties with the troop. Scoutmaster Bob Thill says that after further examination, Rev. Derek Sakowski and La Crosse Bishop William Callahan agree that the new scouting policy fits within Catholic teachings.

The Boy Scouts' Chippewa Valley Council executive Matt Hill tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram there are several area troops chartered by Catholic churches in the region.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 8:55 a.m.

ALTOONA, Wis. (AP) -- A Boy Scout troop that holds its meeting at a Catholic church in Altoona has been told to find a new place to gather.

Troop 90 has been meeting at St. Mary's Catholic Church for more than 20 years. Scoutmaster Bob Thill says the troop has been told it should find a new home after the end of the year because of concerns about the Boy Scouts' new policy to allow openly gay boys to join the program, beginning next year.

Rev. Derek Sakowski, of St. Mary's, says the church's pastoral council has strongly recommended cutting ties with Troop 90. Sakowski tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram he will meet with parents from the troop before making a final decision on the Boy Scout meetings.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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