Did the Pope lie about meeting Kim Davis?


The former Vatican ambassador to the US, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, has again attacked Pope Francis, saying that Vatican has hidden some details about the pontiff’s meeting with the anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in 2015, when the Pope had a visit to the USA. The former Vatican official said what prompted him to write the statement was an article published in The New York Times which quoted Chilean abuse survivor Juan Carlos Cruz saying that the Pope told him: “I did not know who the woman was and he [Viganò] snuck her in to say hello to me—and of course they made a whole publicity out of it. And I was horrified and I fired that nuncio.” Viganò added that the Pope wants to win hearts of the LGBT Catholics, but the majority of Catholics (in his opinion) are not ready for this inclusion, so the church is divided. Cruz’s testimony was presented as a sign that Viganò, who himself was accused of obstructing a sexual misconduct investigation in Minnesota, was also “settling old scores.” But according to the archbishop, the Pope was briefed about who Davis was at a meeting on September 23, 2015—contrary to claims by Vatican officials that Francis was unaware of the case and that the meeting was not meant to be seen as an endorsement of her actions.


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