Vatican Says Pope Meeting Kentucky Clerk Not Form of Support

Pope Francis’s meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, was not a “form of support of her position,” the Vatican said.

In their meeting in Washington last week the pontiff “did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis,” papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said in a statement on Friday. The meeting “should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects.”

Davis had a “brief meeting” with the pope at the Apostolic Nunciature, or embassy, in Washington during his U.S. visit, Lombardi said. Earlier in September, she went to jail for five days rather than follow a court order to issue 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 said. “Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the pope’s characteristic kindness and availability.”

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