The Vatican Wants No Part Of Kim Davis And Her ‘Martyrdom’

Oh me of little faith! Apparently someone at the Vatican finally realized what a publicity nightmare it is to be connected with Kim Davis. According to the New York Times (and days after Davis and the Liberty Counsel spun their version of events), the Vatican is speaking out.

Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi made an official statement on Friday.

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 [what happened].

“Objective” and “clarify”, ladies and gentlemen; those words were near and dear to my heart when I insisted everyone remain skeptical about the Kim Davis-Pope Francis meeting. I said we should wait for a version of events that didn’t come from the Liberty Counsel. These people have a biased agenda and I think we all needed a statement that didn’t read like propaganda.

Here is what Lombardi had to say about the alleged meeting with Kim Davis.

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.

Compare the Vatican’s statement, above with what the Liberty Counsel had to say about the meeting, below:

The Pope met privately with Kim Davis and her husband, Joe, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 24 which was the birthday of Kim’s father. Pope Francis spoke with Kim and Joe Davis in English.

During the meeting Pope Francis said, “Thank you for your courage.” Pope Francis also told Kim Davis, “Stay strong. He held out his hands and asked Kim to pray for him. Kim held his hands and said, “I will. Please pray for me,” and the Pope said he would. The two embraced. The Pontiff presented Kim and Joe Davis each with a Rosary that he personally blessed. Kim’s mother and father are Catholic, and Kim and Joe will present the Rosaries to her parents.

Despite Kim’s glamorous claim, it appears the only person who got a private meeting with Pope Francis was someone he actually knew. Then there’s the exclusive news by CNN, the pope met with a gay couple a day before the alleged meeting with Kim Davis took place.

And unlike the alleged private meeting with Davis, the same-sex couple immediately provided photographic evidence to verify that private meeting happened.

 

This news and the Lombardi statement pretty much blasted the Davis story out of the water.

 

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.

That’s actually the opposite of having Pope Francis “on track with what we’re doing,” which CNN quoted Kim Davis as saying earlier this week. The Vatican wants everyone to know that Pope Francis did NOT single this woman out, did NOT previously arrange to meet and support her in person, and did NOT even talk to her about her case.

It may seem pretty hard for some to fathom that Pope Francis and high-ranking Vatican officials aren’t up to date on the latest trending American news. But the reality is that it took them some time to realize that Pope Francis had his good name drug through the mud by Davis — In the name of partisan politics. Once it was realized what was happening, the Vatican did step in to offer an explanation, one that’s admittedly more palatable than what we’d previously heard.

Pope Francis met with Kim Davis and others out of genuine compassion. Instead of just appreciating the kind gesture, it looks like Davis and her lawyer, Liberty Counsel founder Mat D. Staver, actively plotted to use the pope as part of their anti-gay rights agenda. Somehow, the word “rude” doesn’t even begin to cover it.

As Christopher Hale, Executive Director at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, put it during a phone interview with Reverb Press, what Kim Davis and Mat Staver attempted to do was use Pope Francis “as a political football”. This is something that Francis actively avoids and certainly doesn’t appreciate.

I imagine…Pope Francis is not aware of the internal workings of American politics…We are not the center of his universe.

Pope Francis is the type of public figure who “meets with people every day he disagrees with.” To suggest that the mere act of meeting such people is confirmation he agrees with whatever they do is rather ludicrous in Hale’s opinion. With this in mind, he emphasized that the narrative by Kim Davis as to the nature of her meeting with Pope Francis is very likely false.

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For my part, I’ll say I’m willing to trust Hale’s opinion on this as it’s very likely the Vatican didn’t understand the political nature of this story. Perhaps that means the effort by ABC News to so strongly link Pope Francis to Kim Davis was a wasted effort. It’s very likely he didn’t have her in mind as Inside The Vatican implied when mentioning the Pope Francis quote obtained by ABC News reporter Terry Moran.

All things considered, and there is a lot to consider, I imagine that Kim Davis and Mat Staver aren’t exactly thrilled by the explosive information that came out this morning and afternoon.

With the Vatican ABSOLUTELY REFUTING their claims, Kim and Mat must now choose whether or not to call Pope Francis a liar.

I am not Catholic but even so, I can’t imagine the effort to further smear the good name of Pope Francis will go over very well. By going overboard to gain “holy confirmation” that Kim Davis is entitled to commit civil rights violations, the Liberty Counsel might have created a huge, embarrassing mess for themselves and their client.

One thing’s for certain; we’re in for one heck of a tap-dancing act when Davis and Staver eventually get around to addressing what happened.

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