The Catholic Diocese of Covington, Kentucky has a message on their website that says they are in the process of investigating the matter that happened in D.C. This is interesting because all of the videos have been published and have been out for two days. Why drag your feet if the evidence is there? The Covington website also claims that an “independent, third-party investigation” is taking place this week:
A statement from the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School
On Monday afternoon the Covington Police alerted us that they had intelligence concerning a planned protest, Jan. 22, at Covington Catholic High School and a vigil at the Diocesan Curia. Due to threats of violence and the possibility of large crowds the Diocese was advised to close Covington Catholic High School, the Diocesan Curia, and neighboring Covington Latin School. We thank law enforcement officers for their protection and will reopen when they say it is safe to do so.
Concerning the incident in Washington, D.C., between Covington Catholic students, Elder Nathan Phillips and Black Hebrew Israelites the independent, third-party investigation is planned to begin this week. This is a very serious matter that has already permanently altered the lives of many people. It is important for us to gather the facts that will allow us to determine what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate.
We pray that we may come to the truth and that this unfortunate situation may be resolved peacefully and amicably and ask others to join us in this prayer.
We will have no further statements until the investigation is complete.
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The problem with all of this foot-dragging is that the Bishop and school administration came out right after the incident happened and condemned the students without the full story:
“We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C.”
The parents are asking for a retraction and apology from the school and the Bishop but nothing has been released to indicate an apology is forthcoming.
The students have their Catholic Confirmation coming up and it’s looking like the parents are going to pull their students from the ceremony unless an apology is issued.
People on social media are calling for a statement exonerating the boys:
@USCCB since the full video of the #CovingtonCatholic trip has come to light & exonerates the boys, I am respectfully requesting public apologies to the boys and their families from @CovCathColonels , Bishop Foy, @CCofKY , and @ArchbishopKurtz
— Susan Fisher (@sfish96) January 22, 2019
You can write to Bishop Foys:
Bishop Roger J Foys
1125 Madison Ave
Covington, KY 41011
The Diocese is considering issuing a reversal but hasn’t yet: