According to a Vatican Spokesman, Pope Francis did not give his blessing to Kim Davis as earlier reported. Davis, a County Clerk from Kentucky who spent a week in jail for refusing to grant marriage licenses to homosexuals, contends otherwise. This is troubling, not just for Catholics but for all Christians.
Francis, the irrepressibly radical Jesuit from Argentina and Sheppard of the Roman Catholic Church, met with Davis near the end of his first American tour last week. We have since learned that he also had an audience at the Vatican Embassy with two others, an openly homosexual couple, one of whom was identified as the pope's former student.
Given the context of his recent submission, "Who am I to judge," his intentions seem clear; Pope Francis aspires to lead a popular re-navigation of Christianity's centuries-old course of prohibition against same gender unions.
How does this wash with the church's rigid claim of papal infallibility on doctrinal matters? Sadly, it doesn't. To the contrary, it now seems reasonable to assume a new papal protocol of acceptance of homosexual marriage. If correct, he risks jeopardizing the church's time-honored proclamation of, among other concepts, the “Sacred magisterium” which declares the pope exempt from error when defining doctrine.
According to Sacred Scripture embraced by his own flock: If a man lie with another man, as with a woman, both have committed an abomination (Leviticus 20:13, paraphrased). Rising as he did from the church's perpetually problematic community of Jesuits, a plausible explanation could be his order's self-ordained mission to modernize church thinking. But, for Francis, this too would prove Biblically "problematic," since
- Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8, paraphrased)
- As Jesus declared Himself: I and the Father are one (John 10:30)
- The Son is fully equal to the Father (Ecumenical Council at Nicea, 325 AD)
Biblical law is both holy and irrevocable. Man must never attempt to second-guess nor otherwise mitigate Scripture. "The Wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight" (1 Corinthians 3:19). Indisputably then, homosexual unions are no less sinful today than they were on the day Moses inscribed this mandate in the book of Leviticus, some 1400-years before Christ.
According to Ms. Davis, Pope Francis offered words of encouragement. The Vatican now denies that claim. Assuming the Davis account to be accurate, the pope has since recanted the truth albeit by proxy. Of course, if Davis bore false witness against the Pope, shame on her. But the greater tragedy for Catholics, as well as all Christians would be that indeed, the Pope has erred.