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Vatican issues statement on meeting between Pope Francis, Kim Davis

October 02, 2015

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, has issued a statement on the meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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“The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion,” Father Lombardi said in his October 2 statement.

“In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points,” he continued, adding:

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.

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.


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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Oct. 03, 2015 11:44 PM ET USA

    Why? while she may not be following the orders of the Supreme Court which some believe are the be all and end all of temporal commands, she is following what I believe is God's instruction the nature of marriage. The Vatican had a habit of undercutting Pope Benedict who spoke clearly. They absolutely will destroy this Pope who does not.

  • Posted by: bruno - Oct. 03, 2015 12:31 PM ET USA

    His Holiness was very public in his support for conscienscious objection...even by government workers. OK, so there are aspects of Kim Davis' actions he might not specifically endorse. Each of us must ultimately figure out how to apply truth and morals in our daily situations.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Oct. 03, 2015 7:12 AM ET USA

    Beating up publically on a tiny Christian woman who stood up for the teachings of Jesus to the point of going to jail is so unseemly. Why would the Vatican stoop to this public squabbling? Our Holy Father should admonish them for their un-Christian behavior in this matter. I think the Holy Father can speak for himself.

  • Posted by: rfr46 - Oct. 03, 2015 5:35 AM ET USA

    I would like to see a similar clarification about His Holiness's meeting with his gay friend and his "partner" and the positive comments made in that meeting.

  • Posted by: jrorr19609092 - Oct. 02, 2015 8:38 PM ET USA

    I don't believe a word of this so called "clarification." I'll tell you why. Any pope that believes that God in his creation of life made a mistake that has been uncovered by man-made computer model, is willing to deny any political damaging matter such as his meeting with Kim Davis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC. How did she even get into the Apostolic Nunciature unless she was scheduled to get in it? And who would have to approve that?

  • Posted by: LittleRedHen - Oct. 02, 2015 6:37 PM ET USA

    Balderdash. If the pope's meeting with Kim Davis is not be considered "a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects" then what was it? And who arranged for her to be there in the first place?

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Oct. 02, 2015 4:35 PM ET USA

    Bishops will have difficulty telling Catholic public servants what the demands of a well-formed conscience are in the performance of their duties. This is not because there is insurmountable "complexity and particularity", but because it would call for a strength of character many of them have difficulty exercising in the best of times.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 02, 2015 3:04 PM ET USA

    I hate to point it out, but once again, the Vatican has to "explain" Pope Francis.

  • Posted by: Jason C. - Oct. 02, 2015 11:23 AM ET USA

    I wish all papal actions or statements reported in the media were "clarified" this quickly and unambiguously.

  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 02, 2015 9:57 AM ET USA

    This issue will not just go away by itself. US Bishops will need to address homosexual "marriage" clearly and openly; and the sooner they do it the better. The delay makes them look more and more pusillanimous.