The truth finally emerges: Pope Francis did not hold a private meeting to express his support for Kim Davis’s efforts to block gay marriage licenses.
According to an official Vatican statement, Kim Davis was among “several dozen persons” attending a reception at the Vatican embassy, “the pope did not enter into the details of the situation,” and “his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support.”
Like many of us expected Pope Francis seems that he did not request Kim Davis be invited. As a matter of fact he was “played” most likely by Carlo Maria Vigano, a conservative church official who was appointed by Pope Benedict as Vatican ambassador to the United States.
Francis relies on the locals to fill him in on ‘who’s who” and would not even know about Davis.It is not exactly news that very many JP ll/Ratzinger bishops are not in love with Francis and Vigano would be one.
This pathetic trick almost hijacked Francis’ vist to the USA. Most Catholics werfe incredulous after listening to Davis gush about this “secret meeting.” Francis would never allow this to happen.
Many are calling on Vigano to resign.
Michael Sean Winter, a writer and reporter with the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) and a Visiting Fellow at Catholic University, believes that if Vigano approved a controversial, albeit short, meeting between Kentucky county official Kim Davis and the pope, he should step aside. “Seeing as the meeting happened at the nunciature in Washington, it could only have happened with the approval and participation of the nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano,” Winters wrote about the meeting. “If the President visits a foreign country, and the ambassador, against the advice of the State Department, nonetheless introduces the president to someone who causes a controversy that reflects badly on the president, that mistake is laid at the feet of the ambassador, not the president. If this meeting was all the nuncio’s doing then he should, in conscience, quit too.”
Vatican press secretary Fr. Federico Lombardi laid out the broad context of the putative “meeting”.
“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.”
As far as this so-called intimate blessing of Davis’s position, fuhgeddabout it.
Watch what happens to Vigano in the next year.