It's not been a good day for Kim Davis.
The past few days, she's been making a big deal and getting media attention that she had met with Pope Francis and how he supposedly offered her his support for her civil disobedience. As a result of that story growing and not wanting it to get out of control, the Vatican press office this morning went to the extraordinary step of issuing a clarification. They wrote --
"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. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope's characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the Pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.
"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."
Well, that's quite your "Oops" moment. (You can read the Vatican's full press release here.)
And now, just hours later, CNN has reported that the day before Pope Francis greeted Ms. Davis with several dozen others, he had a meeting with a gay couple. In fact, this audience was personally set up by the pope. No word yet though if Kim Davis was asked to provide them with a marriage license.
By the way, you remember that quote above from the Vatican about how the "only real audience granted by the Pope" was with one of his former students and his family? "That was me," said Yayo Grassi, a longtime friend of the pope from Argentina who has been in a gay relationship for 19 years.
Ms. Davis's self-congratulatory tale of the Pope's full and beatific support for her gets less and less impactful by the minute. And it's not even noon yet.
Pride goeth before the fall.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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