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NYT: Vatican Confirms Pope Met with Kim Davis to Offer Support


The Vatican has finally confirmed what some of us have known for days. The pope secretly met with Kim Davis to offer his full support of her stand against the insidious counterfeit called “gay marriage,” as well her “human right” as a “conscientious objector” to make that stand. This human right, incidentally, is an unalienable right protected by the First Amendment. While, to say the least, we at BarbWire do not agree with Pope Francis on everything, we do want to thank him for validating Kim in her courageous obedience to God. “Gay marriage” is an affront to Christ, the Church and God’s natural order, as well as being immoral and self-destructive, both temporally and eternally, to those who commit it. This reality is the official position of both the Catholic Church and the pope. More importantly, it’s the official position of God Himself, the very Creator of mankind and marriage.

Reports the New York Times:

Pope Francis met privately in Washington last week with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who defied a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a Vatican spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

Ms. Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, has been at the center of a nationwide controversy over whether government employees and private businesses have a legal right to refuse to serve same-sex couples. She spent five days in jail for disobeying a federal court order to issue the licenses.

On Tuesday night, her lawyer, Mathew D. Staver, said in a telephone interview that Ms. Davis and her husband, Joe, were sneaked into the Vatican Embassy by car on Thursday afternoon. Francis gave her rosaries and told her to “stay strong,” the lawyer said. The couple met for about 15 minutes with the pope, who was accompanied by security guards, aides and photographers. Mr. Staver said he expected to receive photographs of the meeting from the Vatican soon.

On Wednesday, the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that the meeting took place, but he declined to elaborate. “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add,” he said.

Ms. Davis described the meeting in an interview on Wednesday with ABC News.

“I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it, and I hugged him and he hugged me,” Ms. Davis said. “And he said, ‘Thank you for your courage.’ ”

“I was crying. I had tears coming out of my eyes,” she said. “I’m just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me.”

Mr. Staver, her lawyer, said Vatican officials had been aware of Ms. Davis, and that the meeting had been arranged through them — not through bishops or the bishops’ conference in the United States. He would not identify the Vatican officials.

Read more at The New York Times


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