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Vatican distances itself from Kim Davis after Pope Francis meeting

Meeting ‘should not be considered a form of support of her position’

The Vatican has downplayed Pope Francis’s meeting with Kim Davis, a court clerk from Kentucky who has become a cause celebre in the United States because of her refusal to authorise a same-sex marriage.

In a statement Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said “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 was widely criticised in the American media for meeting Ms Davis, a four-times married evangelical Christian, during his visit to the United States. But in his statement Jesuit Fr Lombardi said that: “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.”




  1. mike Reply

    Why so afraid? If God is truth, and God is love. We should protect the definition of Love from liberal perversion. And we should proclaim the truth no matter what other people say.

  2. Robert Gardner Reply

    It’s embarrassing to see the Catholic Church back peddle in the face of the media. The ad hominem attacks on the lady are inconsequential. In the current environment, People are liking for people who cater to morality and not to political pressure. The Church is suppose to respond to s higher power.

  3. Mary Brey Reply

    I Love Pope Francis! !

  4. Robert Reply

    The Pope or any other dignitary may have the privilege of meeting up with an individual but yes, I am surprised and disappointed at the Church’s reaction.

  5. Simple Catholic Layman Reply

    Lombardi and Rosica are a disgrace and should be demoted. When a catholic politicians compromise truth for political gain and career advancement, we rightfully call them out for it. What the heck are Lombardi and Rosica’s motivation for dissing Kim Davis? What do they have to gain? They work for the Church, don’t they? Why do they feel the need to cozy up to the anti-christian liberal media? The response from these vatican spokesmen is scandalous! This is like Peter appointing Judas Iscariot as his spokesman.

  6. Mrs. Heidi Potter Reply

    Mrs . Davis was honored to be in the pontiff s presence . Such an honor was not deserved , Mrs. Davis , most Americans feel , should get another job . I would have liked another woman , there are countless numbers who spend their lives doing good work for the betterment of others , somewhat offended that one such as Mrs. Davis was so honored ?

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