Kim Davis claimed that while Pope Francis was in the U.S., she had a secret meeting with him. “Yeah, right,” was the initial response from some. But whatever else the Kentucky clerk may be, in this instance at least she is not a liar.
The Vatican has confirmed that Davis did in fact meet with the pontiff.
What Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi would not say is what Davis and Pope Francis discussed. The statement issued by Lombardi merely said, “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no further comments.”
Technically it wasn’t a confession, because Davis isn’t Catholic. But it appears that all we’ll have to go on is what Davis herself has to say about the encounter.
For his part, Pope Francis did address Davis and her controversy during his flight back to Rome, in an obtuse way. When asked about “conscientious objectors” Francis said this:
I can’t have in mind all the cases that can exist about conscientious objection…but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.
A valid point, but if he was indeed referring to Davis as a “conscientious objector,” Pope Francis failed to note that Davis could remove herself from the situation which she is objecting to — issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Many, even most conscientious objectors are in situations where they are stuck and can’t avoid the issue that is the source of their objection.
So we’re largely left to speculate on what Davis and the Pope discussed. This is what Davis had to say about the encounter, according to a story on the Liberty Council website:
I was humbled to meet Pope Francis. Of all people, why me? I never thought I would meet the Pope. 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.’
We’ll assume that Davis didn’t try to convert Francis to her version of Christianity, given that her parents are Catholic. Many protestant evangelicals don’t regard Roman Catholics as “Christians.”
This meeting, which will likely be used by her supporters to justify Davis’s actions, still doesn’t change one simple fact: the United States isn’t governed by the religion of either Davis or Pope Francis.
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