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Diocese of Covington Walking Back Condemnation of MAGA Kids

Teens in MAGA hats taunted by Native American

The Diocese of Covington walked back its earlier harsh condemnation of Covington High School Students accused of racism. On its website today there is only one message and all pages are shut down except the following.

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.

This call for a thorough investigation would have been welcome news to the parents of the students when the event occurred. Instead, the diocese issued a harsh condemnation of the students without having all the facts just moments after the viral video was widely misreported in the news. The original statement, which is no longer available on the website, even threatened expulsion.

We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general.

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 most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement.

After more video surfaced that showed that Nathan Phillips was the aggressor and had lied about several facts, there was a loud cry from the public for journalists and the diocese to withdraw their false statements and apologize. The Diocese of Covington left its condemnation up for several days, only changing it today after the cries of injustice grew to a deafening roar.

Catholics are outraged at the way their children have been treated by their spiritual fathers. Priests, like James Martin and Edward Beck, have widely condemned the students publicly without waiting for facts. Beck is sticking to his guns even after watching the videos of the students being mocked and harassed by racist activists calling them "dirty crackers" and "incest babies," and Native American protesters telling them to "go back to Europe."