Thank you Jeroen for this comment
One of the values of scouting, represented in the uniform clothing, is to let people be equal – no matter what their ethnicity, political view or religion is. So why is a religious scouting organisation necessary? Young scouts should meet people who think different so they will be more likely to tolerate other people and not have prejudices.
The core value of scouting, as I pointed out in the post Quo Vadis? Catholic Scouting 101 – is to know his objective and work towards it. If one does not know their objective, one is highly unlikely to achieve it.
Why is a Catholic Scouting organisation necessary? A Catholic Scouting organisation is necessary because the objective of a Catholic (the Kingdom of Heaven as understood in Catholic Theology) is very different from a Protestant Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, a Muslim, an Atheist and so on. The objective on the map is different, and the means to get there are also different.
However contrary to what Jeroen said, just because the objective is different, and the means to get there are different, that does not mean that the individuals are different. We are all children of our Father who is in Heaven (as our Divine Redeemer, Lord Jesus Christ said (recorded in the Gospel of Saint Matthew 5:43-45)). The issue is not equality, because equality has always been there, the issue is Truth.
If the person Jesus of Nazareth is who we believe him to be “The Christ, the Son of the living God”. Then there is an imperative for us to do as He says. In all our works, enterprises and organisations.
Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.
– God (as recorded Mt 6:33)
As for the need for “Young scouts should meet people who think different so they will be more likely to tolerate other people and not have prejudices” – again God has something to say about that…
“Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”
-The Divine Redeemer (as recorded in Mt 28:19)
There should be no toleration of error or sin, but kindness and mercy to all. Catholics are called not to judge our neighbour, but to be messengers of the God of Mercy. If Catholics in general are called to that (though probably the majority are not too great at doing it), then even more so for the Scout, that goes ahead of the body, “to prepare the Way of the Lord”.
On this point there can be no compromise on the Truth.
Thank you again Jeroen for your thought provoking comment. God bless.