UPDATE: It turns out the only private meeting held at the venue was with one of Francis’ former students, who is gay, and his partner.
The Religious Right legal group Liberty Counsel boasted in a statement and at least two fundraising emails this week that their client, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, had a private meeting with Pope Francis during his recent visit to Washington and that the pope thanked Davis for her courage in denying marriage licenses to gay couples.
“Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we're doing and agreeing, you know, it kind of validates everything,” Davis said in an interview following the meeting.
While the pope did speak vaguely about the rights of conscientious objectors (a term that does not describe Davis), the Holy See — unlike Liberty Counsel — remained mum about the meeting.
But it seems that Davis’ lawyers attempt to paint Pope Francis as a Davis supporter has forced the Vatican to issue a statement claiming that the encounter between the pope and Davis has been greatly exaggerated, as she was one of dozens of people who met the pope only briefly at a stop in Washington, D.C.
Liberty Counsel has already had to retract claims that 100,000 Peruvians held a prayer rally for Davis and that the hosts of “The View” had threatened to kill the clerk.
Gerard O’Connell of the Catholic publication America writes that “a short but clear statement from the Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., ... effectively deflates and denies the widespread misinterpretation in much of the media about that encounter.”
At that same time, he said, Pope Francis also “met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City.”
He explained that “such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the pope’s characteristic kindness and availability.” But, he added, “the only real audience granted by the pope at the nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.”
Then, in the key passage of the statement, Lombardi clarified that “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.”
Father Thomas Rosica, who frequently assists Lombardi on matters relating to the Anglophone world, told reporters that there were “several dozens of people” in the Nunciature (the Holy See’s Embassy) for before the pope departed for New York. He said the pope would “have known little” about Mrs. Davis, apart from her name, and found it hard to give credence to Davis’s account that she had spent 15 minutes alone with the pope. There simply was not time, he said; the time was very limited and the people were scattered in small groups in different locations on the one floor of the building, and each had a very brief greeting with him, nothing more. Moreover, Rosica said, each of those present had been cleared by the U.S. Secret Service before entering the nunciature.
CBS News reports that a “ highly placed source inside the Vatican claims the Pope was blindsided” by the Davis meeting, adding that “[n]ot even Lombardi knew about it ahead of time, nor did the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which would have opposed it.”
“A close advisor to Pope Francis tweeted that the Pope was, in his words, ‘exploited’ by those who set up what the CBS 2 source says was a ‘meeting that never should have taken place,’” the report continued.
Reuters also spoke to a Vatican official who expressed a “sense of regret” about the meeting.
However, Davis’ lawyer and Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver is holding firm in his claim that the two had a much more meaningful encounter:
However, Davis' lawyer, Mat Staver, told The Associated Press that the Vatican initiated the meeting as an affirmation of her right to be conscientious objector.
"We wouldn't expect the pope to weigh in on the particulars of any case," Staver said Friday.
He said Vatican personnel initiated the meeting on Sept. 14, the day she returned to work, saying the pope wanted to meet her. He said Vatican security picked up her and her husband from their hotel and told her to change her hairdo so she wouldn't be recognized since the Vatican wanted the meeting kept secret.
Staver disputed a Vatican spokesman's claims that the pope only met Davis in a receiving line. He said the couple was in a separate room with Francis and Vatican personnel.
News of the meeting sent shockwaves through the U.S. church, with Davis' supporters saying it showed the pope backed her cause and opponents questioning whether the pope had been duped into meeting with her.
Initially the Vatican only reluctantly confirmed the meeting but offered no comment.
On Friday, Lombardi met with Francis and issued a fuller statement to "contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired." Francis has made clear he dislikes being used for political ends, and Lombardi's statement appeared intended to make clear that the encounter should in no way be exploited.
An assistant to Lombardi, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, said he believed the pope would have been given a list of names of the several dozen people who were invited to the embassy to bid farewell as he left Washington, but was unaware of the details of her case or any possible implications of the meeting.
"I don't think he knew the details, the full biographies of each person, except for the names of the people there," Rosica said.
For much of this year, right-wing pundits such as Glenn Beck and Pat Robertson were swept up in an End Times frenzy largely created by author and messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn, who claimed that an extremely disastrous event would happen in the U.S. during the month of September, more specifically, around September 13, as a sign of God’s judgment on America. “This is down to the day, the hour,” he told Robertson of his prophecy.
When Robertson recently asked Cahn — who devised his prophecy by linking together Jewish holidays, the appearance of blood moons and the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage — why no tremendous and horrible event had occurred in the country on the much-heralded doomsday date, he insisted that the August 18 stock market selloff came close enough, and that a minor earthquake off the Mexican coast was also a sign that God is punishing the U.S. Cahn then claimed that if something — anything — bad happens between now and September of next year, that will prove that his prophecy was right all along!
One televangelist who was enthralled by Cahn’s claims was Jim Bakker, who after hosting Cahn many times on his program, made several predictions about cataclysmic events that would occur in September, all the while urging people to buy his survivalist gear and food buckets in order to prepare.
Two months after France dropped a potential UN resolution on Palestinian statehood “in wake of pressure by Israel and the U.S.,” Bakker’s co-host Zach Drew said that the U.N. would soon take up a vote on the resolution, and that the U.S. would likely support it.
While he failed to mention that France had already abandoned the resolution and that it never won American support, he and Bakker said that the resolution would trigger a massive earthquake in the U.S. in mid-September.
In another September broadcast, Bakker told his audience that they were running out of time to prepare for the end of days (by buying his food buckets) because “there is going to be a crash on September 13.”
Last month, Donald Trump brought his anti-vaccine conspiracy theories to the Republican presidential debate, where he persuaded Dr. Ben Carson to agree with his anti-vaccine pseudo-science. While Trump’s comments caused angst in the scientific community, they appealed to a growing segment of the GOP electorate who believe vaccinations should be optional.
But Trump may want to learn from the experience of one of the pastors who recently joined him at Trump Tower, televangelist and faith healer Kenneth Copeland.
In what was obviously just a coincidence, one of Copeland’s churches was the site of a measles outbreak in 2013:
Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. more than a decade ago. But in recent years, the highly infectious disease has cropped up in communities with low vaccination rates, most recently in North Texas.
There, 21 people — the majority of whom have not been immunized — have gotten the disease, which began at a vaccine-skeptical megachurch.
Most of the Eagle Mountain parishioners — and all of the children — who came down with measles had never been vaccinated.
Dr. Jason Terk, an infectious disease specialist in North Texas, says such communities can spread a disease quickly.
"This is a good example, unfortunately, of how birds of a feather flock together," Terk says. "If you have individuals who are vaccine-hesitant or vaccine-hostile, they congregate together, and that creates its own unique situation where a population of individuals is susceptible to getting the very disease that they decided they don't want to protect themselves from."
But something tells us that Trump’s meeting with Copeland may not prompt him to reflect on the disastrous consequences of Copeland’s anti-vaxxer preaching.
Today on “The 700 Club,” Christian Broadcasting Network correspondent David Brody sat down with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, who both became right-wing heroes after they lost legal battles in their attempts to justify anti-gay discrimination. Stutzman told Brody that their cases are paving the way for the censorship of journalists and the stripping of law licenses from attorneys who defend people accused of hate crimes.
Pat Robertson, host of “The 700 Club,” naturally agreed, warning that gay people seek to “persecute anybody who disagrees with them” in order to see them “bankrupted” and “put in jail.”
“We’re not talking about having rights from the ‘poor, oppressed gays,’ we’re taking away the freedoms of everybody who disagrees with them,” he said, adding: “They’re taking away the rights of everybody.”
WorldNetDaily news editor Leo Hohmann spoke to End Times author Paul McGuire today about a sustainable development initiative adopted by the United Nations known as Agenda 2030, which McGuire thinks “is about to put America and the world on the fast track to a one-world government,” noting that “the goal of the UN is to impose communist world government on the world.”
McGuire warned that the UN will need a “manufactured crisis” to put the one-world government plot into place, which he said “could happen overnight” through “a global financial crisis, the prospect of World War III” or “a manufactured climate-change crisis.”
Arguing that “Islam is being used” by secretive international powers “as a destabilizing force in both Europe and the United States designed to breakdown a cohesive Judeo-Christian culture,” McGuire suggested that Pope Francis may try to merge Christianity with Islam as more refugees come into Europe as part of a “pre-planned” effort to import Muslim migrants, who in turn will stoke civil unrest and violence until people begin “crying out for some kind of police state to manage the chaos, which appears to be the plan all along.”
“The only thing they are lacking right now is a sufficient crisis big enough to win enthusiastic public support in America and other nations in the world for full-on global governance,” says Paul McGuire, a Fox News and History Channel contributor and co-author of the new release, “Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End Time Mystery.”
“But, remember, the elite who are behind this are experts at manufactured crisis and their motto is ordo ab chao, which means ‘order out of chaos.’ This was a term coined by the Masonic leader Albert Pike,” McGuire told WND. “The new global order will be birthed by either a global financial crisis, the prospect of World War III involving Islam, Russia, Ukraine, NATO, Iran, Syria and Israel and a manufactured climate-change crisis.”
“The U.N. vote is about to put America and the world on the fast track to a one-world government,” he told WND. “We are literally just one crisis away from that happening. It could happen overnight, and I don’t think most people realize this.”
For a clue on what global government will look like, McGuire says the real agenda was exposed by Lord Monckton, the former science adviser to Margaret Thatcher and now an exclusive columnist for WND.
Monckton warned on Oct. 14, 2009, that the true agenda of the U.N. climate treaty and Agenda 21 is to create an all-powerful world government and to transfer wealth from Western nations to Third World nations through the force of new U.N.-sponsored international laws.
One of the ways to do this redistribution is by allowing Third World refugees to migrate freely into the industrialized nations of the West.
“Monckton summed it all up when he said; the goal of the U.N. is to impose communist world government on the world,” McGuire said.
The world is now at a “tipping point” for this new system to be installed, he said.
“Since the late 1970s when Brzezinski, co-founder of the Trilateral Commission, was helping train Osama bin Laden, the hands of the globalists have been all over the growth of militant Islam,” he said. “It appears Islam is being used as a destabilizing force in both Europe and the United States designed to breakdown a cohesive Judeo-Christian culture.”
McGuire said he’s received confidential reports from inside Germany regarding the flood of immigrants into Europe. Many inside Germany believe this was pre-planned with the pope’s appeal last year for Islam to move closer to Christianity.
More than 8,000 Muslims per day are entering Europe from various routes. They are creating violence and chaos, and the U.N. has said there is no end in sight with regard to the arrival of new migrants. “Civil unrest is ready to explode, and the people are crying out for some kind of police state to manage the chaos, which appears to be the plan all along,” McGuire told WND.
Earlier this month, Rick Santorum appeared on the Daystar program “Marcus and Joni” to promote his presidential bid and defend Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who has been trying to prevent her county office from issuing marriage licenses in the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision.
Santorum defended Davis, claiming that she should be “applauded” for her “courageous” actions and asserting that the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage is illegitimate since it violates biblical precepts.
“Clearly, the laws on marriage don’t follow the natural law, they don’t follow God’s law, so in Martin Luther King’s viewpoint, he would have said that this is a law that you have an obligation to resist and that’s what Kim Davis is doing,” he said. “She is standing up and saying, ‘I am not going to follow an unjust law.’”
Previously, Santorum likened Davis to a girl who was murdered during the Columbine massacre, who according to a popular but debunked myth was killed for believing in God.
Santorum also invoked the Nuremberg trials, suggesting that people who are demanding that Davis comply with the court’s order are using the same argument employed by Nazis at Nuremberg following World War II, that “we were just following the law.”
He said that people must defy court rulings like Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges, which he said is even more far-reaching than Roe because it is “forcing people to be complicit with something they find immoral,” and that Congress and the presidency must also “push back and change the law.”
Mission America’s Linda Harvey criticized the anti-bullying efforts championed by GLSEN and the It Gets Better Campaign yesterday, claiming that their popularity is a sign that “America has become desensitized to sexual abuse of the children we have a duty to protect.”
Harvey wrote in WorldNetDaily that “GLSEN will not only poison the minds and injure the bodies of those children who can be tragically persuaded to identify as ‘LGBTQ,’ but they want to sweep the larger population of children into this cesspool as well,” while rainbow-colored Doritos chips raising funds for It Gets Better will “send vulnerable American youth down self-destructive roads.”
“Deviant Doritos are just more moral junk food being offered to brainwashed kids and the adults guiding them,” Harvey wrote. “We should be exposing this phony-baloney ‘outreach’ to kids, not enabling it. If Satan had literally been recruited as a consultant on this project, it could not get any worse. In his eyes, it only gets better.”
America has become desensitized to sexual abuse of the children we have a duty to protect. Many Americans are now comfortable with – or indifferent to – the normalization and whitewashing of child corruption. Here are some recent examples I hope stir some minds and hearts.
Example No. 1: A full-page ad appeared in USA Today on Sept. 23 from a group that has grown in power even as its message, at its core, has become more radical and child-endangering.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, ran the ad to encourage support for its “Ally Week” ( Sept. 28- Oct. 2) with the headline, “Respect My Pronouns.”
By cleaning up sodomy to seem child-friendly, GLSEN will not only poison the minds and injure the bodies of those children who can be tragically persuaded to identify as “LGBTQ,” but they want to sweep the larger population of children into this cesspool as well – and call it “being an ally.”
You are a compassionate hipster teen, not an ignorant bigot, if you come alongside this movement, even if what you think you are seeing is ugly and degrading. Look over there! Nothing to see here, except an unimpeachable “anti-bullying” campaign.
Same with parents who desperately want to intervene, but are dissuaded by the leftist regimes controlling most schools. Children are indoctrinated with one viewpoint: Never listen to ex-homosexuals (“They’re all fakes!”) or to Christians, or even to the brave teacher or coach who may want to provide sound guidance and warnings.
Online “LGBT” networks bypass parents and schools to reach even 11- and 12-year-olds, so there are now thousands of American adolescents who join the school “gay-straight alliances” without parental knowledge, hang out at “gay pride” parades, or frequent the homosexual community youth clubs with older homosexual volunteers.
By donating Dorito profits to support the Savage-inspired “It Gets Better” project, they help to send vulnerable American youth down self-destructive roads, all in the name of – wait for it – preventing self-destruction.
Deviant Doritos are just more moral junk food being offered to brainwashed kids and the adults guiding them. We should be exposing this phony-baloney “outreach” to kids, not enabling it. If Satan had literally been recruited as a consultant on this project, it could not get any worse. In his eyes, it only gets better.
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