"The bishop of the Covington Diocese in Kentucky claimed that he and Covington Catholic High School were “bullied” into condemning the behavior of students engaged in a controversial encounter with a Native American elder.
In a letter to parents, the Most Reverend Roger Foys said that he apologized to high school junior Nick Sandmann, who was filmed in a face-to-face-encounter with Native American elder Nathan Phillips near the Lincoln Memorial.
"We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely, and we take full responsibility for it," Foys wrote in the letter cited by news outlets. "I especially apologize to Nicholas Sandmann and his family, as well as to all CovCath families who have felt abandoned during this ordeal." Newsweek
I had a friend once who in spite of being an Opus Dei type still had his head screwed on right most of the time. I remember him saying that "when they send the trucks to take people to the camps for being Catholic, you should hope that your name is on the list …" It doesn't appear from his behavior that Foys is someone who would seek martyrdom for the faith and/or his integrity.
There are, unfortunately, far too many Catholic clergy and bishops in the US who are mere careerists, sure that THEY are the church rather than The People of God whom they seem to think of as an enormous cash cow there to be milked regularly in service of the clergy's protected lifestyle.
Foys was not alone in condemning Sandmann and the other Covington Catholic High School Students. It seems that several other Kentucky bishops joined early in excoriating members of their flocks apparently inspired by media attacks by enemies of the Catholic Church. For shame!
The Catholic Church in America suffers from an infestation of men who should never have been priests. Foys seems to be an example. pl