Covington Bishop: “I especially apologize to Nicholas Sandmann and his family”


Bishop Roger Foys of the Diocese of Covington just released a statement addressed to the parents of Covington Catholic school, in which he apologized for his quick judgment last Saturday.

“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.”

Read the full letter from the Bishop here.


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  1. Too little, too late.

    Get rid of the Bishop and the school principal.

    Not sure why their first instinct was to try to cover their own backsides with the press rather than be the shepherd of the students in their care, but that’s on them.

    They facilitated the smearing of their own students and now they say they’re “sorry”?


    • Totally agree. Even taken at what the leftist media made it out to be, the boys would have done nothing wrong whatsoever. They’d have committed no sin, displayed no culpable lack of decorum. The reality is far different, and the Bishop and the school Principal should both be reassigned. At most. If we cannot count on our leadership to back us when we stand for principles they’re teaching and preaching to us, what blasted good are they?

  2. I’m sorry bishop was that “we” who are, or was it actually “I” who am responsible for the travesty of your condemnation of the faithful of your diocese . If it is “we”, then can you please identify the others with whom you may share your blame, and apparently cut your culpability by a factor of how many other local church officials there are who joined with you, uh…… say other bishops or diocesan officials or the like, that joined in your public condemnation of these kids. I have not heard of any public declarations by other local church officials concerning this matter, only yours. Contrary to your statement, you appear to be all alone in entirety of your individual guilt for your indiscriminate assassination of their character and for that I would assert, no apology on your part has been made, only a dodge. I would suggest that rather than mitigating your guilt by hoping to include others in it that you fess up that it is you alone who is culpable for your convenient and careless slander of innocent individuals whose spiritual welfare incidentally, you are responsible for. In short bishop, what I and many others would ask for from you is a genuine, individual, and transparent statement of your repentance for your sins and not those of others for which you are responsible. This would include a public statement that excludes employment of the phantom guilt of others, hoping to mitigate your own. Only then may the Catholic faithful hope not to be sickened with disgust on the occasion of your next declaration, not because of its content but the character of the one who makes it.

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