Vatican Confirms: ‘Yes,’ Pope Francis Met With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis pauses as she speaks after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to ... Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis pauses as she speaks after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was released Tuesday after five days behind bars. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) MORE LESS
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After doubts were raised about a claim from Kim Davis’ legal team that Pope Francis and the Kentucky clerk met secretly during his visit to the U.S., the Vatican confirmed to The New York Times the meeting did indeed happen.

Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, told the Times: “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add.”

Later, Lombardi cut through any lingering doubts by telling BuzzFeed News “yes” when asked to confirm the meeting.

Mat Staver, Davis’ attorney, said Davis met with the Pope for about 15 minutes and took photos of the meeting.

In an interview with ABC News, Davis called the Sept. 24 meeting at the Vatican Embassy “humbling.” The event was arranged by a church official who contacted Davis, she said.

“I had tears coming out of my eyes,” Davis told ABC. “I’m just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me.”

Davis also said the Pope hugged her and gave her and her husband Joe rosaries.

When asked whether he supports Davis’ cause during his visit, Francis said conscientious objection on religious grounds is “a human right.”

“I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right,” he told ABC.

Davis was jailed for six days earlier this month for repeatedly refusing to issue county marriage license to gay couples, saying the law is at odds with her personal religious beliefs.

The clerk was in Washington D.C. to accept an award at the Values Voter Summit from Family Research Council. At the event, Staver showed a photo of 100,000 attendees assembled at what he claimed was a rally in support of Davis in Lima, Peru. It was later revealed to be a photo of a crowd at a soccer stadium in Northern Peru.

The Pope also quietly met with the Little Sisters of the Poor, the order of nuns suing over Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, during his U.S. visit, signaling support for their continued resistance.

This story has been updated.

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  1. Avatar for xyxox xyxox says:

    No respect ever again for this bigot Pope.

  2. Avatar for chammy chammy says:

    That’s a bit over the top dontcha think?

  3. At the very least, this is disappointing. I wonder if they discussed adultery as well?

  4. Avatar for saylen saylen says:

    I say this with the utmost conviction:

    Oh, goddamnit.

  5. I say bullshite!

    No pics and other reporters quoted a Vatican repr. as saying they would neither confirm or deny a meeting took place and would have no further comment!

    Per Reuters…
    Kim Davis is speaking out about her alleged meeting with Pope Francis in Washington D.C., a meeting that Vatican spokesman Ciro Benedetti would “neither confirm nor deny” when asked by several media outlets.

    Reuters adds:

    Vatican chief spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said he would neither confirm nor deny the report and that there would be no further statement. This was unusual for the Vatican, which normally issues either denials or confirmations.

    I do hope the NYT’s reporter and the paper get spanked for spreading such lawyer infused propaganda.

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