Covington Diocese: 'We Condemn the Actions' of the Covington Kids

Michael W. Chapman | January 22, 2019 | 5:14pm EST
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Indian activist Nathan Phillips,
left, and student Nick
Sandmann. (YouTube)

( -- After news broke about the confrontation between Indian activists and Catholic students following the March for Life on Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C., the Diocese of Covington and the Covington Catholic High School posted a statement saying they condemned the actions of the students and extended their "deepest apologies" to the Indian protester, Nathan Phillips. 

However, now that further evidence indicates the boys did nothing wrong and numerous journalists have apologized for their sloppy and biased reporting, the diocese has not retracted its condemnation or apologized to the Covington kids. The bishop of Covington is the Most Rev. Roger Joseph Foys

Bishop Roger Foys, head of the Catholic Diocese
of Covington, Ky. (YouTube)

Instead, the diocese issued a second statement (on Jan. 22) saying a "third-party investigation is planned to begin this week," and that the bishop's office must "gather the facts" to determine "what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate."

In addition, barring the latest statement posted at, the diocesan website is not accessible. All pages state, "file not found."

The initial statement from the Diocese of Covington and the Covington Catholic High School, posted on Jan. 19, reads as follows,

“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. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person. The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.

"We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and those who support the pro-life movement.”


Because the diocesan website is essentially blocked -- "File not found" -- except for the second statement, it is unclear whether the first statement has been removed. 

The newest statement reads,

"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.

(Screenshot, Covington Diocese website.)

"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."

Some of the journalists and other persons of note who have issued apologies (or corrections) for their initial criticism of the Covington kids include actress Jamie Lee Curtis, TV host and commentator Meghan McCain, CNN's S.E. Cupp, Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk, The Reagan Battalion, National Review, Dilbert creator Scott Adams, Reason Editor Robby Soave, NYT's David Brooks, Megan Fox, and Robbie George

National Review pulled its initial article, "The Covington Students Might as Well Have Just Spit on the Cross."

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