One can only imagine the look of surprise on Kim Davis’ face when she discovered she had been asked to meet with Pope Francis when he came to the U.S. last week. Now, she may have a perplexed look on her face as reports are coming from Rome that the pope was “blindsided” by their meeting.
Methinks the Vatican is backtracking on the Pope’s special visit with Kim Davis.
— ☼ (@La_G4ta) October 2, 2015
The facts are that the meeting between the pope and Mrs. Davis did take place, but it is now being reported that the Vatican wants to “clarify” the details of Kim Davis’ situation in Kentucky “in order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired.” These comments from Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi are seen as a measure to distance the Vatican from the controversy surrounding Rowan County, KY Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage certificates to same sex couples on the basis of her religious beliefs. Archbishop Blase Cupich added to the comments by saying, “The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.”
Carlo Maria Vigano, the pope’s representative in the Vatican embassy in Washington is reported to be who put the meeting together between the pope and Mrs. Davis.
Now, unnamed sources are saying it was a “meeting that never should have taken place.”
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— MainStreet Voice (@VoiceMainstreet) October 2, 2015
Concluding comments on the matter come from Cupich, further clarifying the pope’s position, “It is his way of saying that walls of communication need to come down. Meeting with someone is not an endorsement of that person’s position.”
The apparent backtracking may be confusing for Davis who clearly indicated the pope was supportive of her position and stance. In a recent interview, Davis provided first-hand details of the meeting and left no doubt as to the pope’s purpose in meeting with her.
“Who am I to have this rare opportunity? I am just a county clerk who loves Jesus and desires with all my heart to serve him…Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring, and very personable. He even asked me to pray for him. Pope Francis thanked me for my courage and told me to ‘stay strong’…That was a great encouragement, just knowing that the pope is on track with what we’re doing,”
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