Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor
From Fox News:
Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.
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Father Edward Correll, 2006 Recipient
I am as grateful as I can be for the opportunity to work for S4A, to helpextend compassion and alleviate fear,
todissolve prejudice with education and tohelp securean opportunityfor a sizable group of people who are disenfranchised
by that very prejudice and fear.
Grateful, indeed...but every single one of us is engaged in the same effort, and everyone at least as wholeheartedly
as I. What's more, I am the new kid on the block. So many others have paid more dues than I with S4A.
But, Barry explained, "You are a priest...and no other clergyman has ever been willing to offer a public voice
and show a public face for us and with us."
Well....I am still stunned, but not in such a way as to cap my gratitude toour Board of Directors and the membership
of S4A whom they represent. No one, I am sure, enters S4A or any similar group expecting to win awards, but this
unexpected citation is not, for me, an occasionfor bragging. It is most humbling to receive such a testimony of
When I first told my parishioners that I was joining S4A, one of them stood to say, "This is what the Church
should be expecting you to do." Amen! Her statement gave me a great deal of inspiration, and that inspiration
has always been further encouraged by every email I have received from S4A, and by every encounter I have had with
another member. I am so grateful to know you all, and so grateful to be working with you to affirm the human spirit
and its limitless, generic and unconditional worth.
The dictionary definition of "priest" is: "one who offers sacrifice." In common parlance, only
ordained clergy, especially in the sacramental Churches, are usually referenced thereby. That is shortsighted however,
because the word "sacrifice" really means, "to make whole: to take that which is incomplete and
perfect it; to take that which is broken and put it back together again."
So in the formal context, I stand at the altar with vestments on my shoulders and incense in my hand...but the
truth is that all of us...ALL of us...are priests in the truest and most comprehensive way, because in our battle
against bigotry we take the still uncompleted awareness of ourfearful fellows and attempt to perfectknowledge in
the service of Truth; and we take the joy, the trust, the enthusiasm, which for so many have been broken by fear
and hatred, and put them back together again in the love which always comes from the acknowledgment our common
That is a privilege of joy, not merely a duty of conscience, a "sweet but heavy burden" as the Church
describes priesthood. The path is still long, and none of us can see when it will it end, but I do indeed thank-you
for letting me walk with you.
Father Edward Correll