Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Vatican Confirms Pope Met With Kim Davis

by Steve Ray on September 30, 2015

Fr. Lombardi Affirms Meeting With Kentucky County Clerk Took Place in WashingtonBy Deborah Castellano Lubov, Vatican City, September 30, 2015 (

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis has met with Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, but did not elaborate.

In a statement released by the Holy See Press Office this afternoon, its director, Father Federico Lombardi, addressed the media reports about the Pope meeting Davis in Washington, stating: “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add.”

Davis was put in jail for six days for disobeying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, stressing she couldn’t go against her conscience and citing biblical opposition to same-sex marriage. Davis’ dilemma has sparked a controversy across the country over whether government employees, along with private businesses, have a legal right to refuse to serve same-sex couples.

Pope Francis just concluded his Apostolic Visit to Cuba and the United States’ cities of Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, during which time he highlighted in his various discourses the importance of religious freedom.

According to Davis’ lawyer, Matthew Staver, yesterday, Ms. Davis and her husband, Joe were discretely brought by car into the Vatican Embassy on Thursday afternoon. He noted that Francis gave her rosaries and told her to “stay strong.” During the 10 to 15 minute encounter with the Holy Father, security, helpers and photographers were reportedly present.

On the press conference on the papal flight from Philadelphia to Rome Sunday, Francis was asked about public officials refusing to carry out duties on grounds of conscience. Without mentioning Davis, the Pope responded, “I can say the conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. … Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right, a human right.”

Text of In-flight Press Conference on Return Flight from United States:


The alarm went off at 4:30 AM. Oh my! But everyone thanked us later. It allowed us to pray the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa without crowds or interruption.

It also allowed us to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, touch the top of Calvary with a prayer on our lips before being seated on our benches for a private Mass with the Franciscans at the Tomb of Christ. Wow!

Deacon Ron and Fr. Sean Sheridan (President of Franciscan University of Steubenville) celebrated Mass INSIDE the Tomb. It was awesome and everyone was overwhelmed.

After breakfast a trip to the Church of St. Stephen’s where the first martyr was killed. I gave a long talk there about St. Stephen and St. Paul. We gave everyone some free time to explore Jerusalem on their own as you will see in the video.

Then a Holy Shroud Exhibit tour, dinner, my talk on the Israeli-Palestinian situation and time for the group to gather for reflection of their impression and experiences of this pilgrimage.