The Vatican has clarified the details of the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent six days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Vatican deputy spokesman Father Thomas Rosica said the audience, which included several dozen other people, didn’t amount to an endorsement.
“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,” Rosica said.
Kim Davis has made news headlines for her hard stance on the issue of gay marriages in which she has spent time in jail for refusing to endorse same sex marriages.
She was later released on condition that she does not refuse her deputies from issuing marriage licences to same sex couples. She however went ahead to remove her name from the marriage certificates which would legally nullify those marriage certificates.
Davis’ lawyer, Mat Staver, said the audience lasted 10 minutes and was just between the Pope, his client and her husband. He said pictures taken will be released at some point.
“I was humbled to meet Pope Francis. Of all people, why me?” Davis said in a statement.
“Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring, and very personable. He even asked me to pray for him. Pope Francis thanked me for my courage and told me to ‘stay strong.’ “
Initially, the Vatican barely acknowledged the meeting.
“I don’t deny that the meeting took place,” said the Rev. Federico Lombardi. “But I have no comment to add.”
While he strongly defended religious freedom in speeches at the White House, Congress and Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, he avoided taking public stances on particular political issues.
This however can be construed as a direct endorsement of gay marriages. If the Pope and the Vatican will not stand against homosexual marriages then they stand for homosexual marriages.