The pope secretly met with Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis, who was recently jailed over refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses because of her religious convictions. But Pope Francis didn’t want anyone knowing that he had had the meeting.
On Friday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released an extraordinary statement, personally approved by Pope Francis, debunking nearly everything that has been reported this week about a meeting between the pope and Kim Davis.
Davis’ lawyer, Mat Staver, had said the audience lasted 10 minutes and was just between the Pope, his client and her husband. Lombardi disputed that account, saying “several dozen” people were present at the Vatican Embassy during the meeting.
Davis reportedly was visited at the invitation of the Vatican ambassador, but spokesman Federico Lombari asserted: “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.”
Lombardi went further, stating that because of the meeting becoming known, the Vatican felt the need to “clarify” what happened.
Not only that, but CBS simultaneously reported that its Vatican source told them the pope had been “exploited” in a “meeting” that never should have taken place, according to Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich.