After the Vatican finally admitted that the Pope met with Kim Davis, they explain that the Pontiff does not support Davis’ actions.
Kim Davis, the clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, was temporarily jailed for contempt of court, after ignoring direct orders from courts to stop blocking gay weddings. Davis, has herself been married four times, but is adamant that God doesn’t want gays to marry.
The Vatican originally refused to comment on whether the Pope had met with Kim Davis, however, once Kim eagerly spoke out about her meeting with the holiest of them all, Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, told the New York Times that he; “did not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add”.
In a public speech, the Pontiff seemed to indirectly agree with Miss Davis; “conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right.”. The meeting with Davis seemed to excite many conservatives, who viewed it as the Pope disagreeing with the new ruling imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalise same-sex marriage. However, the Vatican reported that despite the secret meeting and the Pope’s speeches, he does not support Kim’s actions or beliefs. They admitted that; “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.”.
Davis remarked that when the Pope kindly visited her, he told her to, “Stay Strong”. She added how shocked she was that he chose her, “I was humbled to meet Pope Francis. Of all people, why me? Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring, and very personable. He even asked me to pray for him.”.
The Pope appeared for various photoshoots and speeches whilst in New York City, however, could not make time to visit LGBT homeless youths. New York Centre’s, Ali Forney, wrote an open letter to the Pope in the New York Times last April, inviting him, “to meet our abandoned youths and see for yourself how their lives have been devastated and made destitute by religious rejection”. Yet it seems the Pope had more pressing issues to address.
Yet apparently the Pope only visited Kim out of the goodness of his heart, Rev. Lombardi explained that; “Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability.”.