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Following the private meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, on the afternoon of September 24th, the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., the pope was asked a specific question after he concluded his visit in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. And this was a question that was presented to him by the press that followed the Pope throughout his entire time on the Papal plane. This particular question, we have now learned from a reporter I spoke to in Rome, was a question that was agreed upon by all the media.
In fact, all the questions that were presented to the Pope were collective questions that the media that was on the Papal plane, that followed with the Pope during his visit had drafted and collectively agreed upon. So this was not just some general press conference. This was a collectively agreed upon series of questions.
Mat Staver: Matt, the visit with Kim Davis and Pope Francis was a private meeting on the afternoon of September 24, after that, after he finished his meetings and his visits here in the United States, a specific question, or series of questions were asked, and one of those questions is very relevant to issue of Kim Davis.
Matt Barber: Well yea, Terry Moran of ABC News, and I’m just going to narrow it down, he said, “Holy Father do you also support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws, or discharge their duties of government officials, for example, in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”
The Pope answered, he said, “Yes, the conscientious objection is a right that is part of every human right.” And Terry Moran said, “Will that include government officials as well?” Pope Francis reiterated, “It is a human right, and if a government official is a human person he has that right. It is a human right.”
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