To the horror of the liberal blogosphere this week, it was revealed that Pope Francis had a closed-door meeting with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, dashing the hopes of many who latched on to his seemingly progressive breaks from the Catholic Church’s traditional stances on certain social issues.
When Davis went on national television to relay the Pope’s alleged support for her, the anger from left was palpable.
“He told me before he left, he said, ‘stay strong.’ That was a great encouragement,” Davis said to ABC News. “Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we’re doing, it kind of validates everything to have someone of that stature.”
That narrative was allowed to circulate for days until this Friday morning, when Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a statement that Davis was one of dozens who met with the Pope that day and his “brief greeting…should not be considered a form of support of her position.”
“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,” Rev. Lombardi said.
He went on to undermine Davis and her attorney, Mat Staver of the anti-gay law firm Liberty Counsel, who claimed the meeting was a show of support for Davis’ denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City,” Lombardi continued, speaking of the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C.
“Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.”
Just hours before the Vatican’s statement, Davis’s lawyer made a grossly false claim about a massive prayer vigil for Davis held by about 100,000 Peruvians, even producing a fake photograph to bolster the story.