REPORTS have emerged that during his recent US tour, Pope Francis secretly met with Kim Davis, the controversial Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples based on her “religious conviction”.
Last week, the Pope publicly supported an individual’s right to discriminate against others on religious grounds, even if they’re government officials.
“It was really a meeting between the Pope and Kim Davis and her husband Joe to encourage her,” he said.
“It was an amazing opportunity for her to meet the Pope, and for him to be able to stand beside another Christian and to encourage another person who exercised her faith and went to jail for it.”
According to Reuters, Staver would not say whether The Vatican or Davis’s representatives had initiated contact about a meeting.
In an initial statement, Father Benedettini at The Vatican press office neither confirmed nor denied the meeting.
“The Holy See is aware of the reports of Kim Davis meeting with the Holy Father. The Vatican does not confirm the meeting, nor does it deny the meeting. There will be no further information given,” the first statement read.
However, hours later he released a second statement that read: “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I will not comment on it further.”
“Kim Davis Secretly Met with the Pope.” It’s true. A thrice-divorced woman met with a 78-year-old virgin to complain about married people.
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) September 30, 2015
Davis later told ABC News that Pope Francis thanked her for her courage, gave her a hug and gifted her two rosaries during their meeting.
“I’m just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me,” she told the US news program.
“He told me before he left, he said, ‘stay strong,’ That was a great encouragement.
“Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we’re doing, it kind of validates everything to have someone of that stature.”