Kim Davis may best be remembered as the Kentucky woman who refused to endorse same-sex marriages while serving in her official capacity as Rowan County Clerk. Her refusal, and the mainstream media’s alleged targeting of Davis, drew her to the national and international spotlight as she took a stand on her beliefs. Her contention had always been she would not sign her name to a marriage license if the license was for a same-sex couple, which Davis considered as sin.
As Western Journal reported, Davis was invited to meet Pope Francis when he visited the U.S. last year. The invitation was controversial, with many saying it was a setup and the Pope had no idea who he was actually meeting with. As WJ reported in October, “Carlo Maria Viganò, the pope’s representative in the Vatican embassy in Washington is reported to be who put the meeting together between the pope and Mrs. Davis.”
“A friend of the Pope claimed he was blindsided by the meeting, and the move caused the Vatican to distance itself from Viganò, leading many to believe the Pope would quietly replace him as his ‘statutory retirement age (75)’ was approaching,” Daily Kos reported.
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Now, we’ve learned Viganò is, indeed, being replaced by a pro-immigration advocate, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The Catholic magazine America reports Pierre is “a French-born clergyman who is currently the nuncio to Mexico.”
The move comes in the weeks following a heated exchange between Pope Francis and Donald Trump, no less. The Pope and Trump were bantering over Trump’s Christianity and his campaign promise to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
The Pope made his comments criticizing the wall and Trump’s Christianity on his most recent trip to Mexico where he, in fact, visited the border.
As for Davis, having waited through the publicity storm, Davis survived her jail time and refused to give in to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s calls for Davis’ compliance. She outlasted the consternation of the mainstream media, and eventually waited long enough for Kentucky to replace the liberal Democrat Beshear with a conservative Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Bevin, promised to quickly help rewrite laws to prevent county clerks from spending time in jail simply because they will not violate their conscience to sign same-sex marriage licenses.
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