According to a professional acquaintance, His Holiness may be, in fact, a liar.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States who last month accused Pope Francis of mismanaging sexual abuse in the Church, has dropped another bomb: He claims that Vatican officials and the Pope have lied about a 2015 meeting between Kim Davis and His Holiness that made international headlines.
Davis is, of course, the Kentucky clerk who cited her Christian faith in refusing to sign same-sex marriage certificates. She spent six days in a Kentucky jail for refusing to to her job. Then Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s dad held a pep rally for her.
According to Davis at the time, the Pope told her to “stay strong” during their secret meeting.
The Vatican was quick to distance itself from Davis publicly back then. And Chilean sexual abuse survivor Juan Carlos Cruz recently claimed the Pope told him Viganò set up the meeting and that he was “horrified” when he found out who Davis was.
But now Viganò, who admits to setting up the meeting, claims Pope Francis knew very well who Davis was, and that he’d been thoroughly briefed on her case. Furthermore, Viganò claims the Pope was concerned about the controversy that would ensue if the meeting became public.
This whole thing is shrouded in sketchy mystery. Remember, the day before the Pope met with Davis, he held a private audience with a same-sex couple to give them hugs.
Last Sunday, Viganò called upon Pope Francis to resign because of a “conspiracy of silence” surrounding sexual abuse of minors and adults in the Church.
It’s more than worth mentioning that Viganò could very well have ulterior motives. A conservative, he fundamentally disagrees with the Pope on many issues, and he’s reportedly bitter about how he was demoted as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States in 2016. He had served in the position since 2011. Many of Viganò’s critics claim he’s a disgruntled employee with a vendetta who’s just making stuff up.
As for Pope Francis, he recently attracted controversy by suggesting homosexual youths need psychiatric evaluation, comments the Vatican later nixed.
Where do you stand on all this? Who, if anyone, do you think is telling the truth? Feel free to let us know in the comments.
h/t: New York Times