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    It is now safe for liberals to go back to hating the Pope

    It is now safe for liberals to go back to hating the Pope

    Does it make me a bad person to enjoy watching reaction to Pope secretly meeting with Kim Davis?

    Pope Francis’ tour of the U.S. turned normal alignments upside down.

    Liberals — who spare no effort to denigrate the Catholic Church — all of the sudden found the Pope’s progressive economic and immigration pronouncements to be just dreamy.

    At brunch on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and in Brooklyn, kind words were spoken in the same sentence as “Pope” and “Catholic.” Eyes did not roll.

    We can now return to the prior alignment of the political universe. The Pope met secretly with Kim Davis, via NY Times:

    Pope Francis met privately in Washington last week with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who defied a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a Vatican spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

    Ms. Davis, the clerk in Rowan County, has been at the center of a nationwide controversy over whether government employees and private businesses have a legal right to refuse to serve same-sex couples. She spent five days in jail for disobeying a federal court order to issue the licenses.

    On Tuesday night, her lawyer, Mathew D. Staver, said in a telephone interview that Ms. Davis and her husband, Joe, were sneaked into the Vatican Embassy by car on Thursday afternoon. Francis gave her rosaries and told her to “stay strong,” the lawyer said. The couple met for about 15 minutes with the pope, who was accompanied by security guards, aides and photographers. Mr. Staver said he expected to receive photographs of the meeting from the Vatican soon.

    On Wednesday, the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, confirmed that the meeting took place, but he declined to elaborate. “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add,” he said.

    Ms. Davis described the meeting in an interview on Wednesday with ABC News.

    “I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it, and I hugged him and he hugged me,” Ms. Davis said. “And he said, ‘Thank you for your courage.’ ”

    “I was crying. I had tears coming out of my eyes,” she said. “I’m just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me.”

    Davis’ lawyers released an image of the Rosariers blessed by the Pope and given to Davis (via L.A. Times)

    That sound in the distance? It’s leftie heads exploding.

    Is it wrong for me to be enjoying watching this? Does it make me a bad person?


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    Juba Doobai! | September 30, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Heck, Wm, I’m not a Leftie and I can’t abide the Wolf in sheep’s clothing disguised as the Bishop of Rome.

    Mark30339 | October 1, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    We may never know about all the people Francis met privately. I hope he sent support signals to bolster the pro-life efforts of Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor, and the Center for Medical Progress. Perhaps Francis wants to specifically welcome Protestant resistance to the gay marriage agenda. Still, it’s a bit odd that the only news about Francis supporting resistance is a personal meeting with Kim Davis; her objection seems to have the least significance — although her legal issue is rather interesting due to KY law requiring her to put her name and signature to a union in serious discord with her religious principles — see Eugene Volokh at h/t

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