Catholic Diocese In Charge Of Recent MAGA Hat Controversy Also Banned Gay Teen From Valedictorian Speech
The internet is still raging about the video of high school students surrounding an American veteran and indigenous protestor.
In response to the viral video, the Catholic Diocese overseeing the Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky said that it would investigate the issue.
"We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general. ... We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.
"The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion."
But, as our friends at Towleroad have pointed out, the Catholic Diocese is the same one that banned a gay student from giving the valedictorian speech at his High School graduation.
Last year, we shared with you the story of Christian Bales.
In May of last year, Bales was preparing to graduate from the Holy Cross High School in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Even better, Bales was the valedictorian.
But while preparing for his speech, he received word from the school and the Catholic Diocese that he wasn’t allowed to give the speech.
"The diocese took ours and said they were too confrontational, too angry, too personal, and that they weren't appropriate for the setting," Bales told CBS News.
A diocese spokesperson later released a statement saying:
"School officials and representatives of the Diocese of Covington reserve the right to review and approve all student speeches to be presented in public at high school graduations. The student speeches for the Holy Cross High School graduation were not submitted for review before the deadline. They were found to contain elements that were political and inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic church."
Bales’ mother, Gillian Marksberry, later came forward to say that she suspected her son’s sexuality to be the real issue behind the proposed speech.
Marksberry shared with news sources that she received a phone call from the school’s principal a week before the ceremony. The principal wanted to know if Bales would wear men’s clothing and not makeup or bobby pins to the ceremony.
"That was disturbing because in four years, I had never received a phone call from the principal," Marksberry said. "No one ever reached out to me to help learn about my child."
With a shady situation like as Bales’ under their belt, can we really trust the Catholic Diocese to handle the Covington Catholic High School situation?