Matt C. Abbott
Gay 'Catholic' mafia's 'Sin-odd on the Family'?; The Vatican and Kim Davis
By Matt C. Abbott
October 4, 2015

Catholic journalist Edward Pentin reports:
    The Vatican has dismissed an official working in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith after he announced he was living in a homosexual relationship and wished to change the catechism's teaching on homosexuality....

    Msgr. [Krzystof] Charamsa was a guest speaker at a conference of LGBT Catholics in Rome on Saturday. Sources have confirmed that his announcement was specifically aimed at influencing the Synod on the Family which begins this weekend.
Click here to read Pentin's article in its entirety. Click here to read the brief coverage of Rorate Caeli.

Click here to read Hilary White's take on the synod "sin-odd."

Catholic World News reports that a "Chilean cardinal who serves on the nine-member Council of Cardinals, which assists Pope Francis in the governance of the universal Church ... is accused of taking part in a cover-up" of an abusive priest. Click here to read the brief news item.

Click here to read my recent article at Breitbart titled "Abusive Catholic Priests Working in South America."

St. Michael, pray for us.

(A version of the following commentary originally appeared at the American Thinker Blog.)

It's almost laughable if it wasn't so pathetic.

The Vatican is now downplaying the "brief meeting" Pope Francis had with Kim Davis during his trip to the U.S.

From the National Catholic Register:
    Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, this morning issued the following statement regarding the meeting of Pope Francis and Kim Davis at the Nunciature in Washington, DC:

    'The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:

    'Pope Francis 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. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the pope's characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the pope at the Nunciature was with one of his former students and his family.

    '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.'
(Interestingly, CNN and other media outlets reported that the former student alluded to in the Vatican's statement is a Catholic-turned-atheist who's been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years.)

Liberty Counsel, the law firm representing Davis, subsequently released a statement of its own, asserting (in part):
    Despite a statement this morning by a Vatican official, the pope's own words about conscientious objection being a human right and his private meeting with Kim Davis indicate support for the universal right of conscientious objection, even for government officials.

    The meeting with Kim Davis was initiated by the Vatican, and the private meeting occurred at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 24. This meeting was a private meeting without any other members of the public present.

    Today a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said: '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.'

    Neither Kim Davis nor Liberty Counsel ever said the meeting was an endorsement of particular and complex aspects of her legal case. Rather, the meeting was a pastoral meeting to encourage Kim Davis in which Pope Francis thanked her for her courage and told her to 'Stay strong.'

    'His words and actions support the universal human right to conscientious objection,' said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.
God forbid the Vatican should be seen as politicizing anything. Well, anything not favored by the left, that is!

One thing is obvious from this latest PR mess: The Catholic clergy is divided on matters of sexual morality, despite the clear teachings of the Church on said matters. The bishops participating in the upcoming synod could very well become involved in a fierce spiritual battle, if they aren't already.

As to whose side the pope is on, well, time will tell.

In November of 2013, I told Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times that Pope Francis' pontificate had thus far "been a roller-coaster ride."

That ride continues to this day, and – pardon the crude expression – I have nothing left to upchuck.

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at

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