Because of course she did.
The tragic history of human sin, the Pope says in his message, is the first “fake news” and it dates back to the book of Genesis, when the “crafty serpent” lied to the woman. In present day, according to the Pope’s message the fast digital world helps fuel the spread of “fake news” — which he defines as “the spreading of disinformation on line or in the traditional media.”
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Apparently, buggering little boys gets a pass, but letting divorced, remarried Catholics partake in Communion is a no-no.
Several dozen conservative Catholic scholars and clergy have charged Pope Francis with spreading heresy, a bold but perhaps futile salvo against Francis and his reform-minded papacy.
Specifically, the letter charges Francis with promoting seven “heresies,” most notably through his openness to allowing some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion.
“Scandal concerning faith and morals has been given to the Church and to the world,” the letter states. It accuses the Pope of imposing “strange doctrines on the faithful,” and asks him to publicly correct his teachings.
Trump met with Pope Francis this morning, and per Reuters, this happened:
Francis also gave Trump a signed copy of his 2017 peace message whose title is “Nonviolence — A Style of Politics for Peace,” and a copy of his 2015 encyclical letter on the need to protect the environment from the effects of climate change.
“Well, I’ll be reading them,” Trump said.
“This doesn’t have my name in it.”
From Charles P. Pierce at Esquire:
Can somebody please get a decent spin doctor to the Vatican press office immediately?
“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,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said in a statement released on Friday morning.
It’s increasingly apparent that Papa Francesco got played here, which is what somebody from the Vatican Press Office should have said right from jump. I think it’s also time that Archbishop Carlo Vigano, the papal nuncio to the United States, be summoned back to Rome to be knuckled, but I don’t think that’s going to happen, either. He and the lawyer for faith-based goldbricker Kim Davis, the extremely greasy Mat Staver, whom Vigano joined at an anti-marriage-equality march last Spring, pretty plainly are behind this bag job.
In a phone interview on Friday, Mr. Staver said the meeting had been called by the Vatican. Mr. Staver said the request had come on Sept. 14, the day Ms. Davis returned to work after her release from jail. At the Vatican on Friday, a spokesman, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, said the invitation had been extended by the office of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the nuncio, or envoy, in Washington, not from Rome. Who brought her in? “The nuncio,” said Father Rosica, who is working with the Vatican’s media office in advance of a major meeting of bishops that begins this weekend. “The Nunciature was able to bring in donors, benefactors.”
The Vatican should have been all over this as soon as the story broke. The delay in responding to what is plainly now some high-level clerical ratfcking makes the Vatican’s most recent explanations vulnerable to attacks that it is doing some cassock-covering here. And that’s unfortunate, because Davis and her lawyers should be read out of the ranks of decent people for manipulating this situation to her cheap advantage. I have no illusions about the pope’s view on marriage equality, but he seems more willing than his predecessors to leave the issue to the civil authorities, and to the individual informed consciences of gay Catholics and their confessors. That may be as far as we can expect him to go. I think Kim Davis, and her most recent husband, and her dingy legal team are lucky the Church doesn’t have dungeons any more. What a creepy bunch.