Kim Davis Helped Pope Francis And Perhaps Gay People, Too
Hat Tip to Rolf
Kim Davis is back in the news. And in a twisted way, she might have done some good for gay people.
The current Vatican ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, has long been a thorn in the side of those who think with their brain rather than their beads. This man has deep seated dislike for gay people and his long simmered feud with those who support gay marriage is well known.
We all know that Vigano made an embarrassment for Pope Francis when at his D.C. residence he hosted a meeting between the pope and Kim Davis, the bigoted and constitutionally challenged Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her backwards ways made for a national dialogue on the matter of gay marriage rights.
Pope Francis was rightfully miffed by the mess created by Vigano and so in the whirl of questions over the encounter the Vatican said that Davis was “invited by the Nuncio” and referred questions about why Davis was on the guest list to Viganò’s office. The Vatican plays politics like professionals. They always have.
Now Vigano is out and there is a replacement.
The Vatican will appoint Archbishop Christophe Pierre to be the new ambassador to the United States. It will not take much more compassion or intelligence to make him a superior man to the one leaving.
I trust with this selection Francis has placed someone in position who knows there is more to be gained from inclusion than exclusion. Francis is trying to make Catholic inroads with a broader appeal and Davis may have heled him find a way to speak with more authority to gay men and women. By ousting Vigano the Pope has removed a strict and outdated conservative.
And there may even be a bright side for Vigano. Maybe there is an opening in a Kentucky courthouse for another bigot. I am sure he has Davis’ number.