The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota said this week that it was ending its sponsorship ties with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) over the group's decision to allow openly gay adult leaders, volunteers and employees.

While the policy, implemented last week, allows church-sponsored troops to “choose adults leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own,” Bishop David Kagan said that it “contradicts the authoritative moral teachings of the Catholic Church.”

“Effectively immediately, the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Bismarck and each and every one of its parishes, schools and other institutions is formally disaffiliated with and from the Boy Scouts of America,” Kagan wrote.

Cory Wrolstad, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts' Northern Lights Council in Bismarck, said that the bishop's decision will affect eight Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs in four communities.

“They will be working to find charter organizations within those communities, and there will be a good chance they will be faith-based organizations,” Wrolstad told the AP.