I approach scouting from where the rubber meets the road. YOUTH focus, service to YOUTH. All else serves to establish a framework for support.
National exists to support Councils,
Councils exist to support Districts,
Districts exist to support Units,
Units exist to support YOUTH.
No youth? Everything dries up and blows away.
When people are facing a blizzard of bad press, the BSA Organization owes the youth and their leaders a clear explanation. And whenever possible- advance notice.
If the mortgaging/leveraging/colaterializing was done in the Spring, and as soon as it happened the Councils and Districts were informed; I doubt this conversation would be taking place.