It seemed that every moment of Pope Francis’ trip to the United States was broadcasted online, but he reportedly had a secret meeting with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis on Sept. 24 that nobody knew about…until now. Kim opens up about the meet-up in a new interview, and claims the Pope totally backed up her decision to deny same-sex marriage licenses.
Kim Davis is standing firm to her belief that gay couples should not be granted marriage licenses, and she says she has a very important new supporter — Pope Francis! The Kentucky Clerk claims she and the Pope met up while he was in Washington D.C. last week, and details the encouraging words he gave her during the secret meeting in a new interview. Watch here!
UPDATE: A Vatican spokesman confirmed the meeting between Kim and the Pope after Kim’s interview aired on Sept. 30.
The Vatican Press Office has yet to confirm whether or not this meeting happened, but according to Kim, it went down at the Vatican Embassy in Washington D.C. on Sept. 24. “It was really very humbling to think that he would even want to meet me or know me,” she told ABC News.
In case you forgot, Kim was arrested and jailed for contempt of court on Sept. 3 after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples based on her strong religious beliefs. She was released less than a week later, but has been ordered not to “interfere” with any licenses granted by her fellow deputies. If she does unfairly deny a marriage certificate, Kim will be sent back to the slammer or forced to pay a fine. But, if her recount of the Pope Francis meeting is to be believed, she at least has his support (not that that means anything law-wise).
“I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it and I hugged him and he hugged me,” she continued, describing the encounter. “And he said, ‘Thank you for your courage.’ Before he left, he said, ‘Stay strong.’ That was very encouraging — just knowing that the Pope is on track with what we’re doing and agreeing. It kind of validates everything.”
This sit-down has yet to be confirmed, but it does seem Pope Francis may have had a small window of time to meet Kim on the 24th like she said. That morning, he addressed a joint session of Congress, followed by an appearance on Capitol Hill and blessing at St. Patrick’s Church. That last scheduled visit was at 11:15 a.m., and he didn’t leave D.C. until 4 p.m., so there may have been an hour or two of free time in the midst of the busy day.
HollywoodLifers, do you believe that Kim met with Pope Francis when he was in the U.S.?
— Alyssa Norwin