Nobility is a patrimony of excellence handed on from one generation to the next. Fathers consider it their responsibility provide their sons with a better and more honorable life than they themselves have had. In turn, sons consider it their responsibility to treasure what they have received, to respect it and preserve it, and again, to augment it for the next generation. This is the ideal. The tradition of chivalry is one of the means by which it is strived for.
One can rightly say that the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have had the same noble responsibility, and tragically have failed to preserve and hand on the excellent patrimony of scouting in America to the next generation. Instead, through their capitulation to the homosexual agenda, they have created a profound contradiction between the broadbased ideals of scouting and the natural law. Worse, they make it impossible for Catholics to clarify and lift-up the scouting ideal in the light of the full revelation of Christ.
One of the great assets of the Boy Scouts is that it is an institution which has universal extension and influence. Individual groups can be formed with a specific identity, which makes possible the Scout’s integration into the life of specific churches, and yet the Scouting ideal is not dependent on any individual confession. Prior to the sell-out of the leadership, what this provided for was the defense and promulgation of the universal values the natural law, expressed in ideals such as “moral strength” and “character.” As ambiguous as these expressions are, there is no question that the Boy Scouts of America has been a great and positive institution throughout the country, not just in Catholic parishes. However, where it has been allowed to grow in Catholic environments it has been particularly fruitful and an opportunity for indirect Catholic evangelical witness.
One of the reasons why I have backed away from promoting the Knights of Lepanto, and Squires of Lepanto, as an organization, is because my own experience has shown me that such restorationist groups run the risk of orbiting around themselves in ever tighter circles. There are undoubtedly benefits to the formation of elite groups of well-educated and well-formed Catholics, but there are also liabilities. They Boy Scouts has been uniquely equipped, as an organization dedicated to the transformation of boys into men, to be more or less universal (catholic with a small “s”), and yet directed to and encouraging of excellence, to the point of teaching and rewarding it.
It has been a brilliant idea, and in practice that idea has been tremendously fruitful. It is hard to imagine a substitute. The destruction of the patrimony of the Boy Scouts of America is an unmitigated disaster. May God have mercy on us.