If there was any confusion left about the great progressive Pope Francis, consider this: The Vatican has confirmed that Francis met with Kim Davis, summoning her to Washington, D.C. where he gave her a hug and thanked her for her “courage.”
Later that day his holiness told a reporter that, “conscientious objection is a right, even for government officials,” publicly legitimizing Davis’ saga.
“He told me, before he left, he said ‘stay strong,'” Davis recounted to ABC News, “and that was a great encouragement just knowing that the Pope is on track with what we’re doing, and agreeing. It kind of validates everything.”
Francis left her with rosary and a “renewed commitment to her cause.” So the next time you feel fed up with the little county clerk that could, you can write a postcard to the Vatican to express your gratitude.
“I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to do whatever it takes, even jail,” she continued. “It’s still the same battle, we just have some more fighting with us now.”
And while Francis was immediately whisked off to foreign lands, the rest of us are stuck here with a reenergized Davis. Thanks, Pope. Thanks.
This is the same Pope who previously said, “If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge…it is not right to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.”
Faith standing up to man’s law is nothing new — Sophocles’ 2500-year-old Antigone comes to mind first, well before that whole Jesus story was invented. To brush up your eleventh grade English class, Antigone defies the king’s law in order to pursue a respectable burial for her brother, who the state considered a traitor.
The difference, of course, is Antigone’s motivation is rooted in love. She favors the will of the gods (whatever that is) over the law of man in order to honor her brother, not to dishonor the love of couples seeking recognition like Davis. And — spoiler alert — it doesn’t end so well for Antigone.
What will Davis have to say when she looks back on this ordeal ten years from now? Where’s the honor?
“I met the pope once, kids, and he told me I should keep discriminating against the gays.”