Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Profiles in Courage

After pulling their website down all morning, the Diocese of Covington punts:
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.
The facts are there. There is video galore. The only corrective action needed in this case would be for the bishop and his pals in the chancery to admit they jumped the gun and to apologize to the children who were placed in their care. You don't need an independent third-party to do the right thing, folks. Or you could just resign, too. That would work.

7 comments:

Bike Bubba said...

Why does it seem that the hardest thing to do is to admit the obvious?

R.A. Crankbait said...

"On the advice of my attorney, I refuse to admit the obvious."

John said...

It would seem the SOP (standard operating procedure) for most Bishops these days is akin to what we did in Special Operations. "Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter-accusations."

The easiest thing to do is assume the kids are wrong, condemn them, and promise a full investigation before they are pilloried.

Although I am not Catholic, I've probably averaged 48 masses a year for the last 20 years as I attend with my wife. I think I can count on one finger (and that may be too many) the number of times I've heard a Bishop say "whoops, I think I was wrong."

Bike Bubba said...

I'm thinking, upon further consideration, that the boys are going to end up "partially to blame" because they "incited" the problem with MAGA hats. You will have a left-leaning constituency of the donor base that insists on that.

And the fact that it's victim-blaming will be completely lost on them. I'll be very glad if I'm proven wrong, but this is my nickel bet at the moment.

Mr. D said...

Although I am not Catholic, I've probably averaged 48 masses a year for the last 20 years as I attend with my wife. I think I can count on one finger (and that may be too many) the number of times I've heard a Bishop say "whoops, I think I was wrong."

Yeah, you don't hear that very often at all. I'm afraid you're right about the end game, and so is Bubba.

John said...

amendment to my comment. According to CNA the Bishop has issued an apology to the Covington students and specifically to young Nick Sandmann.
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/covington-bishop-apologizes-to-covington-catholic-students-95095?fbclid=IwAR349yPjoA3nrvFqrsXWXw9falqrFCuGIy7R9g_DRWUlyNyiFTBBjCSGeqg

Mr. D said...

I saw that, John. I'll have a post about it later this morning.