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Diocese of Winona plans to sever ties with Boy Scouts of America

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

While the decision is not official, the Diocese of Winona plans to sever ties with Boy Scouts of America.  Bishop John Quinn raised the issue at a meeting with Catholic Committee on Scouting members in mid-April.

According to a member that sat in on a meeting Thursday night, when enacted this change of policy will end Scout troops' charters with Catholic parishes across southeast Minnesota.

Out of 51 troops in the Gamehaven Council, six are currently sponsored by Catholic parishes.

While no reason for this change has been made official, the member we spoke to said it might have to do with national Boy Scout of America changes.

In January, the Boy Scouts of America said it will begin accepting members based on their gender identity, opening the door for transgender boys to join.

The person who was at the meeting of the Winona Diocesan Committee on Scouting said members were told this change could come as soon as the end of 2017 or as late as the end of 2018.

While the troops affected by this don't yet have a plan, they hope to stay together as a group regardless of who sponsors them.

The Diocese of Bismark was the first in the nation to propose this change in policy back in 2015 but that decision was in relation to the Boy Scouts gay scout policy.

We reached out to Bishop Quinn for comment Friday evening and are awaiting a response.
 

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