(JUNE 22, 2018)
By Lisa Bourne
KELLER, Texas (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke has endorsed a new scouting organization for Catholic boys and young men that unapologetically follows the Magisterium of the Church.
“For some time, I have been happily following the development of the Troops of Saint George as an authentic Catholic apostolate of scouting,” Cardinal Burke wrote in a May 25 letter. “My heartfelt congratulations on the recent recognition of the Troops of Saint George as a Catholic Apostolate of the Diocese of Fort Worth.”
The cardinal was referring to Fort Worth, Texas, Bishop Michael Olson’s May 16 approval of the Troops of Saint George as an official Catholic apostolate for his diocese.
Bishop Olson had offered congratulations “on this important step in the life of the Troops of St. George,” adding that the Troops were to “be assured of my prayerful support.”
“Bishop Olson’s approval of our organization is confirmation that we are following the path the Holy Spirit has laid out for the Troops of Saint George, Brian Squibbs, the group’s National Director, for Communications and Recruitment told LifeSiteNews. “As we re-envision the outdoors movement for the formation of Holy Catholic men in authentic masculinity, we have set out from day one to follow the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. This vetting process and approval as a Catholic Apostolate of the Diocese of Fort Worth ensures we are doing just that through our mission and program materials.”
These efforts gained notice from the cardinal.
“The Troops of Saint George, in an excellent way, assists Catholic boys and young men to develop a sound appreciation of nature, in accord with the Law with which God has created all things,” Cardinal Burke said in his letter.
“In a particular way,” the cardinal continued, “the Troops of Saint George safeguard and foster the irreplaceable relationship between fathers and sons as a fundamental experience of the Fatherhood of God and of His special gifts to men for the good of the family and of all society.”
“Boys and young men are thereby helped to know their vocation in life, whether God calls them to the married life, to the consecrated life or to the Holy Priesthood,” he added, “and to embrace and follow it with pure and selfless love.”