The Vatican is making it clear that Pope Francis' meeting with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, means nothing. Nothing! Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the papal nuncio, or envoy, in Washington, just invited a number of people for a brief hug-and-two-rosaries-meeting with Pope Francis. Why, who knows if the Pope even knew who Davis was?
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the Vatican did not know why Davis was invited, but insisted the Pope had nothing to do with it.
In fact, the Vatican said "the only real audience" Pope Francis gave was to a former student of his, Yayo Grassi, now living in Washington, and Iwan Bagus, a man with whom the Pope's friend has been committing sodomy for 19 years. There were also others in the party. Grassi, one of the sodomites, is seen grinning over the Holy Father's shoulder below. A video is available.
Probably that Pope Francis suffers from nostalgia from his old days in Argentina and was happy to meet an old student. So he was gay. Who am I to judge, right? In other words, it means nothing.
The Bear has made this comparison before: Pope Francis is eerily like Peter Sellers' character "Chance" in the 1979 hit "Being There." It's like he lives from moment to moment without reference to any larger world upon which he has an impact. He is a simple man elevated to high position, whose utterances are taken far more seriously than they should be.
We assume he would know that meeting with Kim Davis would be read one way, and meeting with his proudly sexually disordered former student and his boyfriend would be read the other. Is that a safe assumption? Could he just be taking life as it comes? Or does he know, and just doesn't care if anybody tries to connect the dots? Francis knows that figuring out Francis is an exercise in futility, and just shrugs if anyone is stupid enough to try.
The Bear is inclined toward the latter. Francis isn't telegraphing anything. His influence will be exercised where it counts, and we won't find out until later.
Popes Should Not Be Videoed Yucking it Up With Men
Who Commit Sodomy With One Another
If the Bear were Pope, he would not meet with homosexual couples. "Who am I to judge?" is facile. These are people who are defined by their enjoyment of a sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance. Unlike other sinners, they don't think they have anything to repent of. They are positively reveling in mortal sin, and there is no reason to expect they will die in any other way. Frankly, the video is disgusting. The image is indelible: Pope Francis touching, being touched, grinning with, a pair of homosexuals. Showing total approval. He should be counseling them in private, not showing us all how we should be accepting and loving toward unrepentant sodomites.
If, as likely, the Pope sees the visit as just a meeting between an old student and professor from a pleasant time in his life, his attitude seems to be so what? Pope Francis has never made an effort to separate his official, public role as the Pope, from Jorge Bergoglio, a guy who did well as a churchman in Argentina, and seems have lots of friends, as well as some crackpot ideas.
It's an old act, and we're tired of it. Time to grow into the office and take it as seriously as it deserves. Even if Jorge must diminish as Francis grows.