THE VATICAN – The Vatican has found itself in the curious position of having to explain something the pope did.
We learned this week that when Pope Francis was in Washington for part of his US Popeapalooza tour, he met Kim Davis at the invitation of the Vatican.
She’s the Kentucky county clerk who spent eight days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
She says the pope thanked her for her courage.
At first the Vatican said nothing about the meeting. Then the official word was that there was no official word.
Now, the Vatican says Davis was among several dozens of people who had an audience with the pope, and that the meeting with Davis was not a papal endorsement of her actions.
The clarification came from Fr. Thomas Rosica, the Vatican’s deputy spokesman.
In other words, the man who speaks for the man who speaks for the man who speaks for God.
“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,” Rosica said.
Folks on both sides of the issue will probably be upset with that statement because of all the holes in it, but then, after all, The Vatican is known as The Holy See.
The pope also met with well-known DC caterer Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man. Grassi brought along his long-time partner and friends. The pope taught Grassi in high school back in Argentina in the mid-sixties. Grassi says the pope knows he’s gay, telling CNN the pope is open to people with different sexual characteristics.
And since he speaks for God, that should be good news for a whole lot of folks.