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The Covington Catholic Boys "Conundrum"

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  • Part 1: Covington Catholic Boys Shouldn’t Be Expelled—They Should Be Educated.
  • "Haul their asses back to school and teach them better.” Also their parents. And some of their teachers ... .
  • Part 2: "Unfortunate and Regrettable"
  • The Cincinnati diocese called the boy's behavior “unfortunate and regrettable,” the language when PR isn't conceding fault

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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Part 1: Covington Catholic Boys Shouldn’t Be Expelled—They Should Be Educated.


https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JnmNWjoHJuU/XENyw6po5uI/AAAAAAABJiA/Z00gMAryFrMaWHBkgBdtxtSSRbPjEl8vwCLcBGAs/s1600/asshole.jpgWhen I saw that sickening video of the Covington Catholic HS students, my first thought was “haul their asses back to school and teach them better.” Also their parents. And some of their teachers ... .

Erin Wathen, Patheos

January 20, 2019 | Several years ago, there was some egregious display of racism on a college campus. I’m thinking it was somewhere in the south, or possibly Texas? The “where” is not the point. What I remember about that instance is the large public outcry for the students to be expelled. In response, the University President issued a public statement, saying that to be kicked out of school was the LAST thing these students needed. “If we expel these students, what do they learn?” he said. The purpose of a college is to expand minds, to expose students to worldviews beyond their own limited experience. This was an opportunity, he said, to make sure they do not hold onto their harmful views, but be stretched beyond them. Rather than casting them out to live among like-minded people who would only reinforce their prejudice, the school would make sure they got an education.

I’m paraphrasing mightily here, but that was the gist. Within community, transformation is possible. Beyond it, there is only isolation.

https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/b74f7ca70483103d7b13738306adccf4?s=190&d=mm&r=g Erin Wathen is the Senior Pastor of Saint Andrew Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Olathe, KS. She's a Kentucky native.

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Part 2: "Unfortunate and Regrettable"

The Cincinnati diocese called the boy's behavior “unfortunate and regrettable,” the language when PR isn't conceding fault—fitting because this was in keeping with the theology they've been taught.

Morgan Guyton, Patheos <>

January 20, 2019 | The boys of Covington Catholic High School stole the show at this weekend’s March for Life in Washington, DC when they surrounded and mocked Vietnam Veteran and indigenous elder Nathan Phillips while he was in the midst of a sacred ceremony. What stuck out in my mind was the response from the Cincinnati Diocese, who called the incident “unfortunate and regrettable.”

That’s the kind of language that public relations officials use when they don’t want to concede fault but they don’t want to be accused of condoning something that is getting a lot of negative media. Roman Catholic public relations officials have had a lot of practice with this kind of wordsmithing because of their rapist priests. But the language is fitting. Because what the boys did was entirely in keeping with the theology they have been taught. It was simply a socially unpalatable way of expressing it.

https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/ccc7edabc6e70bd443d33eab0f05ce8d?s=190&d=mm&r=gMorgan Guyton is the director of the NOLA Wesley Foundation, which is the United Methodist campus ministry at Tulane and Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.

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