The Vatican released the following statement after becoming aware that reports were circulating that Davis had allegedly met with the pope: “The Holy See is aware of the reports of Kim Davis meeting with the Holy Father”.
This moved eventually landed her in jail, but she was eventually released and back to work under the condition she not tamper with any of the licenses coming out of the office.
The clerk said a “church official” phoned and invited her to meet the pope. Of all people, why me?
He said Davis was accompanied by her husband, Joe. “Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring, and very personable”. The Pope asked Davis to pray for him and Davis asked that he do the same for her.
“News of the 15-minute-long meeting was first reported by the conservative magazine Inside the Vatican”. Staver said he was there when a vehicle picked up the Davises to take them to the embassy.
“Kim Davis should not be in jail”.
The pope spoke in English during the meeting, Staver said.
The news that the Pope met with Davis sheds new light on a comment that he made to reporters during his return flight to Rome on September.
Francis, who recently concluded a week-long visit to America, said that if rights are denied in certain circumstances, it would create a situation where a few human rights are deemed more important than others.
“Religious freedom is a human right that comes from God“, said Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.
“Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying “this right that has merit, this one does not.’ It [conscientious objection] is a human right“.
Citing her Christian beliefs, she refused to issue marriage licenses to either straight or gay couples, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the United States.
But the American Civil Liberties Union, which went to court to ensure same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County, has argued she has a responsibility as an official to issue the licenses, regardless of her views.