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This just in, Pope Francis is still Catholic. He may be all fuzzy and ecumenical in public, but behind the scenes he's 100% in tune with Church doctrine.
We now have confirmation (from The New York Times no less!) that His Holiness did indeed meet secretly with Kim Davis, the embattled Rowan County Kentucky Clerk who was recently jailed for refusing to betray her Christian faith.
On Wednesday, the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that the meeting took place, but he declined to elaborate. "I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add," he said.
Here's how it went down, as originally reported by Liberty Council.
Media is buzzing about the Pope's comments in support of conscientious objection and whether he knows about the Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk of Court who was jailed for six days for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The Pope met privately with Kim Davis and her husband, Joe, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 24, which was the birthday of Kim's father. Pope Francis spoke with Kim and Joe Davis in English.
During the meeting Pope Francis said, "Thank you for your courage." Pope Francis also told Kim Davis, "Stay strong. He held out his hands and asked Kim to pray for him. Kim held his hands and said, "I will. Please pray for me," and the Pope said he would. The two embraced. The Pontiff presented Kim and Joe Davis each with a Rosary that he personally blessed. Kim's mother and father are Catholic, and Kim and Joe will present the Rosaries to her parents. Kim's mother was the elected Clerk of Court for Rowan County for 37 years until her retirement in 2014.
Kim Davis said, "I was humbled to meet Pope Francis. Of all people, why me?" Davis continued, "I never thought I would meet the Pope. Who am I to have this rare opportunity? I am just a County Clerk who loves Jesus and desires with all my heart to serve him." Kim said, "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.'"
That sound you hear is liberal catholic (yes, small-c) heads exploding as the gravity of Francis' gesture sinks in. Here's pro-tip folks: you can't be Catholic and support same-sex "marriage." Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever.
Sadly, this is a newsflash to far too many people.
Still not convinced? Listen to His Holiness, in his own words:
On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licenses to gays.
"Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right," Francis said.
"I can't have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right," he said, speaking in Italian.
"And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right," he added.
Francis said conscientious objection had to be respected in legal structures. "Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying: 'This right has merit, this one does not.'"
No nuance there folks. And no "spin" is forthcoming to give moral relativists the wiggle room they crave. Just eternal Catholic doctrine as enshrined in the Magisterium, front and center, speaking Truth.
It is also the exact opposite of what Dear Leader espouses. But you already knew that.
So what are you waiting for? "Stay strong," and go to Confession!
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