Kim Davis Pope Visit Confirmed

Sep 1, 2018

PopeArchbishop Carlo Maria Vigano issued a detailed three-page statement confirming the private meeting of Pope Francis with Kim Davis at the papal nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Washington, DC on September 23, 2015. Archbishop Vigano served as the papal nuncio to the United States from 2011-2016. Kim Davis is the Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky who spent six days in jail because she refused to put her name, title, and authority on same-sex marriage licenses and then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshears refused to grant her a simple religious exemption. Davis is running for re-election in November.

The statement from Archbishop Vigano provides for the first time, details of the private meeting and how the meeting came about, including the fact that Pope Francis and his top officials knew about the meeting, vetted it, and approved the meeting with Davis. Vigano also released the memo overviewing Kim Davis and her case, which he provided to Pope Francis and to the high-ranking officials the day prior to the meeting. LifeSite News provides additional historical context to the meeting.

Kim DavisThe details of the events before, during, and after the meeting with Kim Davis are important because certain segments within the Catholic church sought to downplay and misrepresent the meeting. This meeting occurred during the papal visit to Washington, DC and within two weeks of the Synod on the Family in which some factions within the church sought to alter the church’s teaching on homosexuality.

"The details and timeline of the meeting between Kim Davis and Pope Francis set forth in Archbishop Vigano’s statement match completely what we knew happened," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. "This statement confirms the details of the private meeting and provides context to the larger debate within the Catholic church over the issue of homosexuality. It is now clear why some officials in the Catholic church sought to downplay or distort the truth about the private meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis – because it went against their narrative in which they sought to change the church’s teaching on homosexuality. And much of the media chose not to investigate the truth, but instead were willing to carry the bucket of lies to match their own agenda," said Staver.

"In all of our dealings with Archbishop Vigano he was courteous, kind, and honest. I appreciate his willingness to detail the truth of this meeting that reverberated around the world," concluded Staver.