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2015-10-02

After days of speculation, the Vatican has released an explanation on the meeting Pope Francis held with Kim Davis, during his recent visit to the U.S. The Kentucky county clerk made national headlines when she was jailed for refusing to issue a marriage license to same sex couples. 

FR. THOMAS ROSICA
Vatican Press Office
"Her case is a very complex case, it’s got all kinds of intricacies. Was there an opportunity to brief the Pope on this beforehand? I don’t think so. A list was given to him-these are the people you are going to meet, as the list that's on the Mass every day.”

In a written statement, the Vatican said Davis was one of dozens of people the Pope greeted in the capitol's nunciature. But it clarifies, 'it should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.' 

FR. THOMAS ROSICA
Vatican Press Office
"I think we may not have been aware of the full impact of the meeting. It’s very difficult sometimes when you’re looking at things in America from here and you don’t necessarily have someone on the ground to say the import of this.”

The statement goes on to read that the only private audience given by the Pope during his visit to Washington D.C was to his former students and to family members. 

Fr. Rosica also said, he doubts the greeting lasted 15 minutes as has been reported by other outlets. 

FR. THOMAS ROSICA
Vatican Press Office
"I always ask the question, ‘how can somewhat be distorted? How can something be misinterpreted? Was that questions asked? I don’t know.”
 
On the plane back to Rome though, the Pope was asked about Davis' case.  Pope Francis said everyone should have the right to exercise their freedom of conscience. 


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