Fargo Diocese Bishop John Folda thanked the Boy Scouts of America's Executive Board in a statement Wednesday for stipulating in their Monday vote to lift a ban on gay leaders that faith-based organizations can continue to select leaders based on religious principles.
Folda directed leaders of the 13 Catholic-chartered troops within the Fargo Diocese to "continue to act in accordance with the Church's teaching and select volunteers based on character and conduct consistent with those teachings."
A spokeswoman for the diocese declined to specify whether Folda meant those organizations would allow gay leaders.
Folda praised the national organization for respecting and recognizing "the Constitutional right to religious freedom afforded to our parishes and other Catholic entities."
Some Lutheran and Methodist churches in the Fargo area have said their relationship with the Boy Scout troops they sponsor are unchanged by the decision, adding that they would not select leaders based on their sexual orientation.
The Northern Lights Council oversees Boy Scout troops in North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota and some areas of Montana and South Dakota.
The council's Executive Director Roger Hoyt said he has gotten calls from charter organizations looking to clarify the new policy, but none have indicated they would pull their sponsorship.
He said he plans to set up meetings with sponsors to discuss concerns and next steps.