Associated Press story Sept. 25 2002Being an article on the AP, this has been published in newspapers all over the country, from San Diego to ESPN.com. Just thought you should know. --ed.
Columbia President Apologizes for Anti-Catholic Remarks over Football Game NEW YORK (AP) _ The president of Columbia University has apologized for a remark during a football game that Fordham students criticized as anti-Catholic. Lee Bollinger called his counterpart at Fordham, the Rev. Joseph O'Hare, on Tuesday to express regret for the remarks. The comment, broadcast over a public address system by a marching band announcer at halftime, alluded to the priest sex scandal and involved a double entendre about altar boys. Students at Fordham, a Catholic university, circulated a petition demanding an apology after Saturday's game. The Catholic League sharply condemned the comment, as did Columbia's Roman Catholic chaplain, who wrote a letter of protest Tuesday to the university's administrators. The marching band said the comment was intended as a joke and denied charges of bigotry. The student who wrote the script, Andy Hao, said he would not apologize. ``You should blame the priests that molest kids and degrade the name of the church rather than blaming some college kid who wrote a football script,'' Hao told The New York Times.