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A Little Late, Covington Bishop Walks Back Apology

The Covington Bishop has finally apologized for his initial premature statement regarding the viral incident at the Lincoln Memorial between Covington Catholic High School students and Native American Nathan Phillips.

After initial one sided reporting of the incident, the Most Rev. Roger Foys and the diocese made a joint statement sating that the boys’
“behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.”

In the initial statement, he acknowledged that disciplinary action would be taken and punishment, up to expulsion, could be warranted.

After gaining the complete information relating to the incident, the bishop apologized to both the school and in particular Nicholas Sandmann, the student at the center of the controversy.


“We apologize to anyone who has been offended in any way by either of our statements which were made with good will based on the information we had. We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely, and we take full responsibility for it.”

-The Most Rev. Roger Foys

While addressing the Covington Catholic students on Wednesday, Bishop Foys had began his address with “These last four days have been a living hell for many of you, for your parents, for your relatives, for your friends and it certainly has been for me. We are under all kinds of pressure from a lot of different people, for a lot of different reasons.”

“This is a no-win situation. We are not going to win. No matter what we say, one way or another, there are going to be people who are going to argue about it, people who will try to get into people’s heads and say, ‘This is what he meant. This is what they meant when they were doing this and doing that.’ The best we can do is, first of all, to find out the truth, to find out what really went on, what really happened. So we do have investigators who are here today, a third-party who are not associated with our diocese, not associated with me or with the school, who are working on this investigation to find out what happened.

-The Most Rev. Roger Foys

Since the incident, many threats have been made to the Covington Catholic kids and the school. Celebrities have made statements inflaming their base, all due to a baseless and false narrative.

Nicholas Sandmann has appeared on the Today Show since the incident, detailing his account of the events that took place. The Sandmann family also hired a high-powered attorney to represent Nicholas in potential forthcoming lawsuits.

You can read the full story from the diocese regarding Bishop Foys’ address to Covington Catholic here.

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