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Suspect d’homophobie, le pape François qui a rencontré l’égérie américaine des opposants au mariage gay? Un vieil ami du pape argentin vient de révéler qu’il l’avait rencontré en privé avec son mari à l’ambassade du Vatican à Washington.PARTAGEREnvoyer à un amiLe pape François s’était attiré de nombreuses critiques en rencontrant secrètement la semaine dernière Kim Davis, une greffière du Kentucky devenue l’égérie des opposants au mariage gay par son refus obstiné de délivrer des certificats de mariage aux couples de même sexe – quitte à risquer la prison.Mais l’information que vient de révéler CNN rétablit en quelque sorte l’équilibre: la veille de son entrevue avec Kim Davis, le souverain pontife a rencontré à l’ambassade du Vatican à Washington un vieil ami gay, qu’il a chaleureusement embrassé ainsi que son mari.Une vidéo de la rencontre, strictement privée, a été postée sur YouTube:
The Vatican has claimed Kim Davis’ meeting with Pope Francis last week was not the pontiff endorsing her views on denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.The Kentucky clerk who was jailed for defying the law of the land was among the guests at the Vatican embassy in Washington DC.Davis then gave interviews to reporters claiming the pontiff thanked her for her ‘courage’ and that she should be ‘proud’ for what she is doing and standing for.But the Vatican denies Francis specifically endorsed the Kentucky clerk, issuing a statement today (2 October).
Source: Gay Star News
“I don’t think he was trying to say anything in particular… He was just meeting with his ex-student and a very close friend of his.”
The meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis threatens to overshadow the success of the pope’s visit to the United States. The response to the visit says a lot about the climate created in the United States around the pope’s visit and the inability for some in the church to acknowledge and receive Pope Francis. It says nothing, however, about the position of the pope, the concrete case of Kim Davis, the question of LGBT Catholics in general or same-sex marriage in the civil society. To understand the contours of the meeting we should keep in mind a few things.
What are we to make of the story that Pope Francis met Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy during his stay in Washington? The story was first reported by Robert Moynihan at Inside the Vatican; subsequently, ABC News interviewed Ms. Davis.Confirming the meeting, but offering no further details, the Vatican spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., said “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add.”A few things to bear in mind:
Francis was eloquent, relaxed and amazingly youthful for a man heading for 80. He tilted in a liberal direction, but not far enough to create anxiety among most churchgoing Catholics anywhere in the world.
Maybe they should be feeling anxiety. Pope Francis seems to favour changes to pastoral practice – adove all, letting divorced and remarried people receive Communion – that could split the Church. Or, more likely, slowly Anglicanise it, so that rules are bendable in some countries but not in others, making the Catholic Church less catholic.
Source:.– Spectator Blogs
“Families have difficulties,” the Argentine pope continued, speaking in Spanish that was simultaneously translated by an aide. “In families, we quarrel. Sometimes plates can fly. Children bring headaches.”And, he added, playfully, “I won’t speak about mother-in-laws.”But, he said, “the most beautiful thing God made, says the Bible, was the family.”“Forgive the phrase,” he said, “but a family is like a factory of hope, a factory of resurrection.”God created the family, he said, and God was born into a family when Jesus was born to Mary.