Possible lift of Boy Scouts’ gay ban draws disappointment

News that the Boy Scouts of America may soon approve of openly gay members and leaders has sparked a wave of concern and criticism throughout the country.

Eagle Scout Andrew Hill, who lives in Philadelphia, said that he is “disappointed” that the organization’s leadership appears to have “caved to external demands.”

“The Boy Scouts are now just another organization or public figure that has given in to societal pressure,” Hill told CNA on Jan. 31. “These are the times we live in, and as Catholics, we need to go forward aware of this reality.”

He added, however, that even if the policy change is made, he does not “expect this to have a significant effect on the majority of current and future scouts.”

“With so many troops being organized by and supported by churches, these troops will continue on as they were,” he explained.