This is a strange story coming out of the Vatican. ONE CAVEAT in reading this article, it is NOT about whether or not gay couples should marry in the Catholic Church or whether they should marry at all, but rather, as a Catholic, I do want to know why the Pope covertly met with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who won’t sign gay marriage certificates, and why the Vatican is now denying the meeting meant anything.
One Vatican official said there was “a sense of regret” that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis
The Catholic Church appears to have become a political organization using the same slippery language politicians use.
In a statement issued Friday, in an obvious effort to downplay the visit, the Vatican reported that she was one of “several dozen persons” who were invited by the Vatican’s ambassador to meet with Pope Francis.
The church is ostensibly strongly opposed to gay marriage, but the statement indicates the Vatican doesn’t support the complex details of her case.
The meeting with Kim Davis wasn’t a real audience, the statement read. Huh?
This is the statement:
The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:
Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.
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.
Pope Francis was quoted by Kim Davis’s lawyer as telling her during the meeting to “stay strong”, adding that the Pope said, “Thank you for your courage.” Reports after said he was very familiar with her case and seemed to be aware of the details.
Kim Davis made this statement a few days ago, she might want to take it back:
“He told me before he left, he said ‘stay strong.’ That was a great encouragement,” Davis said of the pope during the ABC interview. “Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we’re doing and agreeing, you know, it kind of validates everything.”
Whether the religious organization is politically right or left, mixing politics and religion needs to be strongly opposed. They must be kept separate.
The meeting with Kim Davis was one of the very few things that Conservatives saw as supporting one of their causes but they can ignore that now and recognize that the main message the Pope wants out is a leftist one. He did however speak to religious freedom and abortion which he has not taken back as yet.
In light of this Vatican statement, the media is reporting that the Pope just wasn’t familiar with Davis’s case and doesn’t want her viewed as his idea of a “conscientious objector.”
Who provides Pope Francis with his information? They are falling down on the job.
In a piece published on Thursday and widely discussed among Vatican experts, the author argued in an article for National Catholic Reporter that Davis was not, in fact, a conscientious objector, because she not only refused to grant marriage licenses in her office in Kentucky (even though same sex couples have the constitutional right to marry), but she also forbade clerks working under her to do so.
“Davis was not jailed for practicing her religion. She was jailed for forcing others to practise her religion,” Winters wrote.
In actuality, that’s not the case. She didn’t want her name on the certificates and didn’t at all care if her employees signed certificates as long as her name was not on it.
In addition, she was jailed for not providing the licenses to gay couples. The author has it all wrong.
It appears that the Vatican was getting a lot of criticism for the Pope’s secret meeting with Davis and this is a way to walk it back. This isn’t a church any longer, this is a political organization, and I say that as a Catholic with 13 years of Catholic school behind me.
It’s been leaked Friday that Pope Francis also met with a same-sex couple covertly. Another cover meeting?
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