the Vatican tripped all over itself to assure the world that the pope was not endorsing Kim Davis’s courage and actions in any way, shape, or form.
- Bryan Fischer
If you ever wondered about the power and reach of the homosexual lobby, wonder no more. The Christophobic zealots of Big Gay have so much juice they can even push around the pope.
The pope, at the Vatican’s initiative, arranged for a private meeting with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who courageously has staked everything on fidelity to her conscience and a biblical view of marriage.
Mat Staver, Kim Davis’ attorney, released a statement detailing an accurate record of what transpired (emphasis mine).
The meeting with Kim Davis was initiated on September 14. While we do not know everyone who was part of the invitation, we do know that The Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, personally spoke with Kim Davis about the invitation. The invitation was for a private meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon, September 24. This meeting was a private meeting. No other members of the public were present.
On the evening of September 23, Kim Davis received another call about the meeting the next day. She was instructed to wear her hair up because she was so recognizable. Around 8:00 a.m. on September 24, Kim received another call confirming the time of the pickup at 1:15 p.m.
At 1:15 p.m. Staver accompanied Kim and Joe Davis to meet two male security personnel dressed in suits and wearing earphones. Staver confirmed they were seeking Kim Davis. They spoke in heavy Italian accents. Staver accompanied Kim and Joe Davis to a waiting van and remained at the hotel and in regular contact with Kim.
Kim and Joe Davis were placed in a room with no one else present. Later Pope Francis arrived with only Vatican or Embassy personnel and security. He stretched out his hands. Kim clasped his hands, and he asked her to pray for him. She said she would, and she asked the Pontiff to pray for her, to which he said he would. Pope Francis then thanked Kim for her “courage.” They embraced. The Pope said, “Stay strong.” He then presented Kim and Joe with two Rosaries.
There was no line of people or other members of the public seen anywhere.
The pope, on the return flight to Italy after his time in America, emphasized to the press corps that the right of conscience Kim Davis exercised is a “human right,” and that it is a right that belongs to people in public service just as much as it belongs to them in private life.
Anyone, said the pope, who would deny an elected official the right of conscience is denying them a human right. “It is,” he said, “a human right and if a government official is a human person, he has that right. It is a human right.”
This conversation with the press was held after his private session with Ms. Davis, but before anybody knew about it. He was simply telling the world in public the same thing he had told Kim Davis in private.
But when the fact of his private meeting with Kim Davis emerged, and the strength of the validation he had given her began to surface, the Vatican got panicky and went into full retreat.
Now all of a sudden the pope had been “ambushed” and “blindsided” by Kim Davis. All of a sudden the encounter was nothing more than a chance encounter on a rope line that somehow Kim Davis had crashed. And the Vatican tripped all over itself to assure the world that the pope was not endorsing Kim Davis’s courage and actions in any way, shape, or form.
Now word is surfacing that the Vatican is going to find someone to hold responsible and fire the sacrificial scapegoat at the earliest convenient opportunity.
What happened? Why the abrupt, 180 degree reversal on the part of the pope? The only plausible explanation is that the Vatican beat a hasty retreat in the face of the cacophony of outraged umbrage from advocates of sodomy-based marriage and the homosexual agenda. No other explanation makes any sense.
Regardless of theological differences evangelicals and Roman Catholics may have, the reality is that much of the world views the pope as the most visible and influential Christian leader in the world. Bottom line: if the bullies and bigots of Big Gay can intimidate someone like him, we ordinary Christians have yet to see what they are prepared to do to us.