VATICAN CLARIFICATION OF POPE MEETING WITH KIM DAVIS
Days after Pope Francis had returned to Rome from his trip to Cuba and the U.S., news came out that the Pope had met with Kim Davis in Washington on Sept. 24. Fr. Federico Lombardi, papal spokesman, said at the time hat he “could not deny that the meeting had taken place” but added no details or further comment.
The following is a clarification with added details that was issued Friday. Davis continues to say it was a “private” meeting while the Vatican says she was one among many guests received, as is customary during a papal trip, at the nunciature in Washington.
(VIS) – The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., today issued the following statement regarding the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis, an American public official who spent five days in prison for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:
“Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington D.C. for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the Pope at the nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.
“The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects”.
(Reuters) The Vatican later confirmed on Friday that the Pope met with Yayo Grassi, a U.S.-based Argentine caterer who is gay and brought his male partner of 19 years to the meeting. Grassi, 67, has known the Pope since Francis taught him literature and psychology at a high school in Argentina in the 1960s and has stayed in touch. “What I can say is that he met with me knowing that I am gay, and we had an extraordinary, very moving conversation,” Grassi told Reuters.
MONSIGOR DISMISSED FROM DOCTRINAL CONGREGATION
The following statement was issued October 3 by Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office:
“With regard to the declarations and interview given by Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa it should be observed that, notwithstanding the respect due to the events and personal situations, and reflections on the issue, the decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the Synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the Synod assembly to undue media pressure. Msgr. Charamsa will certainly be unable to continue to carry out his previous work in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical universities, while the other aspects of his situation shall remain the competence of his diocesan Ordinary.”
Background – JFL: The Polish priest in question, Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa is a theologian who has worked at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2003, anf also teaches at several pontifical universities. In an interview Saturday with the Italian daily, Corriere della Sera, he admitted publicly he was gay, had a partner and asked for changes in Church teachings on homosexuals and homosexual activity. He also held a news conference with his partner at a Rome restaurant.
His comments came on the vigil of the 2015 Ordinary synod on the family.
The Church’s Magisterium teaches that homosexuality is not a sin but homosexual acts are.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says in PART THREE, LIFE IN CHRIST -SECTION TWO, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS – CHAPTER TWO, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF” – ARTICLE 6, THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT:
Chastity and homosexuality
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.