According to her lawyer, Pope Francis met controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis last week at a secret audience at the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C., encouraging her religious zeal and discrimination.
The Vatican sort of confirmed the visit Wednesday morning. “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add,” a Vatican spokesperson said, according to the New York Times.
“Thank you for your courage,” Francis reportedly told Davis after hugging her. “Stay strong.”
On his flight back to Rome, Francis is reported to have said he felt government officials had a right to conscientious objection due to religious convictions. Davis is an Apostolic Christian, a protestant denomination which does not accept the Pope as the supreme religious authority and rejects many of the teachings of the Catholic Church.
In fact, a large percentage of evangelical Christians consider the Pope the Anti-Christ and the Catholic Church to be the “Whore of Babylon” described in the Book of Revelations. So much for religious convictions.