Evangelist Franklin Graham announced on March 1 that he was boycotting Girl Scout cookies, supporting St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, who has called on priests to distance themselves from the organization.
Carlson wrote a letter to parishes on Feb. 18 about the Girl Scouts not practicing discrimination against LGBT people:
In addition, recent concerns about GSUSA and their position on and inclusion of transgender and homosexual issues are proving problematic. Our culture is becoming increasingly intolerant of a Catholic worldview regarding these issues. While Catholics are called to treat all people with compassion and mercy, we must at the same time be mindful of whom we allow to teach and form our youth and the messages they present.
In response, Graham wrote on Facebook: "Archbishop Carlson is exactly right—the 'ways of the world' are incompatible with biblical values. More church leaders need his boldness in speaking the truths that set those who follow God’s Word apart from the rest of the world. I don’t know about you, but I won’t be buying any Girl Scout cookies this year."
In May 2014, Carlson was asked by a prosecutor about a case involving sexual assault by another priest whom Carlson worked with at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. At the time, Carlson was in charge of handling sexual abuse issues, but did not report the other priest's crime, notes RawStory.com.
“You knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a kid,” a prosecutor asked Carlson.
“I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” Carlson replied. "I understand today it's a crime."