Given how disappointed and stampy-footed some have gotten over this, perhaps it is no wonder Pope Francis didn’t advertise this meeting:
Defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis met briefly with Pope Francis during his historic U.S. visit, an encounter she said validates her crusade against gay marriage.
“He held out his hand to her and she grasped his hand,” her attorney, Mat Staver, told The Associated Press. “He asked her to pray for him and she said she would; she asked the pope to pray for her, and he said he would.”
The Vatican essentially confirmed the meeting: The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, given the opportunity to deny it took place, declined to do so and said merely that he would have no comment. The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, said the meeting was private and that no photos would be released. …
For some, the pope’s decision to meet with a figure as divisive as Davis sullied the legacy of his celebratory visit.
DignityUSA, an advocacy group for gay and lesbian Catholics, called their meeting “deeply disappointing” and said it could transform the public perception of the trip “from a largely successful pastoral visit to the endorsement of an exclusionary political agenda.”
“That Pope Francis met privately in Washington, DC with Kim Davis throws a wet blanket on the good will that the pontiff had garnered during his U.S. visit last week,” wrote Francis DeBernardo, the executive director of New Ways Ministry, another Catholic organization that advocates for gay rights. “The time for vagueness, ambiguity, and secret meetings is over. Pope Francis needs to state clearly where he stands in regard to the inclusion of LGBT people in the church and society.”
Pope Francis has and it’s quite a brimstone message:
I laid out various Francis’ statements affirming traditional-Biblical-natural marriage, as well as his extremely strong remarks back in Argentina, where he declared same-sex “marriage” a diabolical effort of “the Father of Lies” to “destroy God’s plan … and deceive the children of God.” He said then—only four years ago—that gay “marriage” discriminates against children “in advance,” depriving them of “their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God.” At stake, said Cardinal Bergoglio, was “the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts” and the very survival of the human family, with Satan at work.