Kim Davis recounts secret meeting with Pope Francis

Davis refused a judge's order to issue marriage licenses, citing her religious beliefs

gty_pope_francis_kim_davis_wg_150929_31x13_1600 The following comes from a September 30 ABC News article:

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis says a private meeting with Pope Francis has inspired her -– and given her a renewed sense of purpose.

“I was crying. I had tears coming out of my eyes,” Davis said in an exclusive interview with ABC News. “I’m just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me.”

Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, says the private meeting occurred during the pope’s historic trip to the United States. After receiving a surprise phone call from a church official, the Kentucky county clerk says she traveled to Washington, D.C., where she and her husband Joe met the pope Sept. 24 at the Vatican Embassy.

“I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it, and I hugged him and he hugged me,” Davis said. “And he said, ‘thank you for your courage.’”

Hours later, Father Benedettini from the Vatican Press office said, “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I will not comment on it further.” The Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. would also not elaborate, echoing the Vatican’s latest statement.

Davis drew national attention -– and spent six days in jail -– after refusing a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky, to same-sex and heterosexual couples, citing her religious beliefs.

Pope Francis gave rosaries to Kim Davis and her husband

Pope Francis gave rosaries to Kim Davis and her husband.

Davis, back at work, is still not issuing any marriage licenses.

ABC News’ Terry Moran asked Francis Sunday night if he supports individuals, including government officials, who claim religious liberty as a reason to disobey the law.

Francis responded, “I can’t have in mind all the cases that can exist about conscientious objection, but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.”

Davis says Pope Francis left her and her husband with a rosary.

“He told me before he left, he said, ‘stay strong.’ That was a great encouragement. Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we’re doing, it kind of validates everything to have someone of that stature,” Davis said.


  1. Thanks for this article and the link. It helped to answer my questions on this.
    I had wondered why an Apostolic would meet with the Pope because the Apostolic Christians that I know are very wary of Catholics.
    The video on the page you linked to says that Kim Davis’ parents are Catholic.

  2. Michael McDermott says:

    Consider – Davis went to Jail but Newsom Broke the Law Repeatedly – Marriage Is between a Man (XY) and Woman (XX) and it was his illegal act that got him out of the spotlight for his behaviors toward subordinates, transforming in to a greased teflon ‘hyro’ by the Happy Mafia:

    “Rippey-Tourk, 34, was the mayor’s appointments secretary from the start of his administration in 2004 until last spring.
    She told her husband that the affair with Newsom was short-lived and happened about a year and a half ago, while the mayor was undergoing a divorce from his then-wife (‘SF Fairytale Catholic Marriage’), Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle …

    • Michael … When the court ordered a stop to the marriages, the mayor complied with it.
      Miss Kim just defied it. There is a difference.

  3. It’s nice that she was moved, but sad that she chose to defect from the Roman Catholic Church – unlike her faithful parents.
    Perhaps this encounter will help her see the light and rejoin the One True Church, remembering the sacrifices her mother and father made to raise her as a good Catholic.

  4. It is indeed ironic that a woman who was baptized and raised Catholic, drifted away from religion and then joined this strange Apostolic Church got a one-on-one with the pope. At least her parents got the rosaries he gave her.

  5. Abeca Christian says:

    This is so beautiful! Praise be Jesus Christ!

  6. CCC: ” 2256 Citizens are obliged in conscience NOT to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order. “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      She could have complied with CCC if she had simply resigned. Instead she is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to make herself feel righteous. Millions that could have gone into social services or returned to tax payers.

      • Ann Malley says:

        ….like the millions of dollars wasted by stupid lawsuits against bakers and photographers and the like, YFC? Just so that some folks can feel righteous playing house?

      • YFC, I am sure you support the spending of millions of taxpayers dollars for sodomite rights… which are EVIL

  7. CCC: ” 2242 The citizen is obliged in conscience NOT to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order,
    to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel.
    Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community.
    “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” “We must obey God rather than men”: …”

  8. Steve Phoenix says:

    Evidence that the hostile left wasn’t pacified at all by P Francis’ extensive efforts to woo them: “How Pope Francis Undermined the Goodwill of His Trip and Proved to Be a Coward” by a radical lefty writer at HuffPo:

    • I don’t believe Mr. Signorile represents the thinking of most of us in the gay community, and certainly not the Catholic gay community.

      • Signorile is homo-fascist and does represent the so called “gay community”.. C&H there is no such thing as a gay Catholic community…

  9. Maryanne Leonard says:

    It is nice to know that the Pope is Catholic and will happily meet in secrecy to stand with a little Protestant woman on the side of the right for “mixed marriage,” i.e., now meaning marriage between two human creatures of opposite genders. This is a perfect example of downplaying the few causes “on the right,” as they say, while seeming to stand up openly for causes “on the left.” Despite the obvious sanity of being in favor of keeping our God-given, earthly and only home neat, clean and tidy for the sake of our own lives, to say nothing of future generations, that loudly and proudly proclaimed Papal stance is seen as leftist and lunatic, and thus the Pope seems leftist. It’s all about appearances, folks.

  10. Idaho Pete says:

    So many people, claiming to be Christian, have condemned this woman. Have we forgotten the words of Jesus, “If you are without sin cast the first stone” or that Mary Magdalene was alleged to be a woman of ill repute yet when Jesus entered her life she totally changed. Is it impossible that God could not enter the heart of a Protestant who believes in traditional marriage and is willing to stand before the world saying so? There is 50 to 70 million Catholics in this nation why aren’t they standing up and speaking out against this evil of same sex marriage?

  11. I totally respect Kim Davis for doing what she believes is correct and what she believes God’s law requires. However, Ms. Davis is an elected official in the civil government. As such, she has responsibilities to that government and its laws and regulations. If there is a perceived conflict between Divine Law and civil law, one can not serve two masters. Can one demand a theocratic application of Divine Law to over ride civil law?

  12. The Pope met with a gay caterer!!! Yay Yayo Grassi! May his business live long and prosper!

  13. With all the mass confusion going on, with one bishop saying this, and another bishop contradicting saying that, what does one expect. No means yes, and yes means no. Sarah Palin was also baptized Catholic, but her parents joined a Protestant sect just to keep their weak faith alive because the Church was so rotten in Idaho. Divide and conquer are tools Satan uses to destroy the Bride of Christ.

  14. Michael McDermott says:

    A loose collection of ‘anonymous’ Radical Homosex Troll Droppings do not a ‘community’ make.

    Today’s Sunday Readings make Crystal Clear that the Foundation of Marriage is based on the Complimentary Nature of Men (XY) and Women (XX)…

    – and not the types of Gaystapo Misandry spread by the Resident Harpy Trolls around here like fertilizer for the noxious Hate Driven Extermnationist Misandry of the ‘happy mafia’ – even if their bought and paid for ‘free press’ publicly pretends otherwise.

  15. Michael McDermott says:

    The facts about pope’s meeting with Kim Davis

    Big news this week as “progressives” worldwide learned, to their utter shock and mournful consternation, that the pope is Catholic. Rumors are they will next examine wild bears, the woods and certain mysteries therein.

    On Wednesday the Vatican confirmed what a handful of us knew days before. Pope Francis secretly (and privately) met with Kim Davis at Washington’s Vatican Embassy to personally offer his broad support for her bold stand against that insidious and “intrinsically disordered” counterfeit called “gay marriage.”

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