Covington Catholic’s Failed Leaders | R. R. Reno | First Things

R.R. Reno, “shocked by how rapidly Catholic and conservative leaders jumped into the denunciation competition”:

Here is the statement from Covington Catholic High School and the diocese of Covington under the leadership of Bishop Roger Foys:

We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students toward 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 teaching 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.

It’s a shocking statement from people who know the young men involved and who are responsible for their flourishing. Before hearing the whole story and determining how events actually unfolded, they too are willing to join the social media stampede. They identify their own young people as potential racists and moral criminals unworthy of membership in their community.

They jumped at the chance to look good in others’ eyes.

Joseph Kurtz, archbishop of nearby Louisville, added his voice to the chorus of condemnation. “I join with Bishop Foys in condemning the actions of the Covington High School students toward Mr. Nathan Phillips and the Native American Community yesterday in Washington.”

We’re a long way from the spirit of John Hughes, New York’s first archbishop. He was a fierce advocate of the immigrant Catholics under his care, defending them against the condemnations of the Protestant elite. Now we seem to have a Church in which kids who go to parochial schools aren’t protected. Their school principals and bishops prefer to condemn them rather than defend them. If there’s the slightest risk of getting sideways with establishment opinion, they’re thrown under the bus.

Waiting for apology from two bishops and one high school principal, among others.

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  • Dave  On 01/24/2019 at 2:52 AM

    They will probably never change their mind. They think they are 100% correct. They gave lit’s to learn. You should hacpve become a Bishop.

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