Covington Bishop Foys FINALLY Apologizes to Nick Sandmann and #MAGAkids
Diocese of Covington Bishop Roger Foys apologized Friday afternoon to Nick Sandmann, his family and the other students involved for issuing premature statements about their interactions with liberal activists Saturday in Washington, D.C.
We at Joe commend the Bishop and his team for doing so. It should have been sooner, but it came. Thank you. The full apology is below.
On Thursday, when Covington Diocese Bishop put out his second statement, refusing to apologize and still discussing consequences, long after we knew the truth of the situation, I did some severe chastising. We were careful to make sure we got it in front of Foys and his team. They read them.
It was a very spiritually dangerous position Foys and the school had put themselves into. As I stated, they were participating in False Witness, one of the 7 things God hates in Proverbs 6. None of what they were reinforcing and supporting was true.
They jumped to conclusions. They threw these children under the bus, before knowing ANY facts. Then, as soon as they did know, that at least media narrative was completely false, instead of apologizing, they they dug in, basically protecting themselves.
There are two basic relationships in the Word, declared by Christ in Matthew 22:37. Man and God, and Man and Man.
The story of Adam and Eve, the story of the relationship between man and God. Cain and Abel, the story of the relationship between man and man. The 10 Commandments. The first 4, Man and God. The last 6, man and man. Love your enemy. Jesus first, myself last, and others in-between.
This is the WHOLE of the Word of God. Christ said it sums up the law and the prophets. If you cannot get these two basics correct, you are like a math teacher who cannot add. You are like a reading teacher who doesn’t know their ABC’s. It is the basic.
The two harshest items Christ said. Judge, and you will be judged. Don’t forgive, you wont be forgiven.
What Foys, the Diocese, and the school did broke the foundation of everything they stand for.
This was not a little mistake. This was a MEGA mistake. The big one, throughout many levels of their abhorrent actions surrounding the situation.
That is why the response was so harsh. It had to be. I was Biblical. Christ responded that way to the religious leaders of his day. Paul did as well. We are responsible for teaching truth. We are to hold leaders accountable. When Ezra chastised Israel after their return from Persia, he started with the Priests. Where they lead, the people follow.
While Foys apology was sincere and complete, he did make statements showing he detested the chastisements he received:
“People who are not at all familiar with Covington Catholic High School, its students, faculty, staff, administration and/or the Diocese of Covington have felt free to criticize in the harshest terms.” Foys stated.
Yes. I am sure you did. Parents and those who love truth everywhere have been horrified at the way these children have been treated in the press and by celebrities. It has been truly evil.
But for their own school and Diocese… for Bishop Foys to pile on as well….In Foys own words, “This is not fair. It is not just.”
I am 50 years old. I have been chastised over my lifetime, more times than I can count. I’m appreciative of them, not frustrated with them. I am thankful for those chastisements.
Why? Because it is a Christian basic. It is a leadership basic.
I understand that there were many hateful items said. There has been during this media created fiasco. We condemn that. We condemn the death threats. The vile language. We condemn the hateful rhetoric that seems to permeate society in 2019.
But Roger Joseph Foys, you best appreciate and be thankful for the chastisement and criticisms. If you had not received, and responded correctly to them, you would still be in a dangerous spiritual and leadership position at this time.
I thank you for doing the right thing. It was good. I wish it had not taken the chastisements to get you to do it. I really wish you had a better attitude about why they were important.
You, as well as your team are really only men and women, just like the rest of us. You make mistakes. Those are great. God gave them to us to grow by. I hope you really learned. You affect children’s lives. It is vital. I have surely made more than my share.
The following is the apology:
My dear Covington Catholic Parents,
“Since Saturday, 19 January 2019 the events at the Lincoln Memorial following the annual March for Life have gained international attention. Within hours we were being pressured from all sides to make a statement regarding a video clip which purportedly showed students from Covington Catholic High School being disrespectful to Native American Elder Nathan Phillips. Based on what the video clip showed we condemned the actions of students who engaged in the alleged disrespect and promised to investigate the matter.
“Since that time other video clips — some of much longer duration — have surfaced. Once these went viral some of the very same people who had put tremendous pressure on us to condemn the actions of the students now wanted a retraction from anyone who had previously issued a statement critical of them. All of this was based again on a video.
“Subsequently, there have been death threats to some of the students and their families. The vitriol and hateful comments on some online stories, some of them appearing on websites that purport to be Catholic and pro-life, have been beyond belief and anything but pro-life.
We even had a bomb scare at the Curia offices and had to close the Curia and Covington Latin School (across from the Curia) in light of safety issues. People who are not at all familiar with Covington Catholic High School, its students, faculty, staff, administration and/or the Diocese of Covington have felt free to criticize in the harshest terms.
“Having issued a second statement that said that we have engaged a third-party investigative team to do a thorough and in depth investigation into the events that transpired on Friday, 18 January, it was our hope that this would ameliorate some of the hate being spewed on the internet and other news media. Unfortunately, this did not happen and people are still lined up on either side.
“We are sorry that this situation has caused such disruption in the lives of so many. I 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.
I especially apologize to Nicholas Sandmann and his family as well as to all CovCath families who have felt abandoned during this ordeal. Nicholas unfortunately has become the face of these allegations based on video clips. This is not fair. It is not just.
“We now await the results of the investigation and it is my hope and expectation that the results will exonerate our students so that they can move forward with their lives. In any event, we will make the final report public once it has been received. In the meantime, we call on all those who continue to spew venom and hate to desist and instead pray for a peaceful resolution to this tragic spectacle.
“Mr. Robert Rowe, the Principal of Covington Catholic High School, has also been the target of this venom. He is a fine leader and role model for every student at CovCath and I support him unequivocally. Those calling for his resignation simply do not know him.
“This has been a trying time for all of us. I pray that with the grace of God and the goodwill of all involved peace will once again reign in the hearts and minds of our faithful. As for CovCath, we have a spirit that will not die!
“Yours devotedly in the Lord, Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, D.D.”