Girl Scouts raise record funds despite archdiocese criticism

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has raised a record amount of money at its annual fundraiser, a week after the Archdiocese of St. Louis suggested that local troops shouldn’t be a part of its parishes.

Spokeswoman Aurrice Duke-Rollings says the organization’s event Thursday in St. Louis netted more than $350,000 from 500 guests as they enjoyed a variety of desserts inspired by Girl Scouts cookies.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the event was planned far in advance of St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson’s unexpected announcement urging priests to sever ties with the Girl Scouts. He said the organization promotes values that are “incompatible” with Catholic teachings.

The event to mark the delivery of Girl Scout Cookies and the opening of special cookie sale booths broke all previous fundraising efforts.
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