Exclusive: Pope Francis Initiated Meeting with Kim Davis

Pope and Kim Davis AP,Reuters

The meeting between Pope Francis and Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis came at the invitation of a high-ranking Vatican official connected to the Secretariat of State of the Holy See acting on behalf of the Pope himself, Breitbart News has learned.

According to a person involved in arranging the meeting but who requested anonymity, the Vatican official called Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican who is well known in Rome. The official asked Moynihan if he could help arrange a meeting while the Pope was in the United States.

Moynihan, who has connections in Kentucky, called a Kentucky businessman and Catholic activist who then called a well-known Catholic lawyer also from Kentucky. The lawyer, who is long-time friends with Davis lawyer Matt Staver, told Staver that he and Moynihan had to meet personally with Davis. The source told Staver, “I can’t tell you what its about but you have to trust me.”

The group drove to Rowan County for a meeting with Davis in her office. The source said the men had to maneuver through a phalanx of press to get to her office.

They put her on the phone with the Vatican official, who then invited her to meet with the Pope.

An unnamed Vatican official is quoted in the Washington Post today saying the meeting had to have come from the Davis team. Two sources involved in arranging the meeting have insisted to Breitbart News that the invitation was from the Pope directly to the Vatican official and then to Davis and that Davis’s lawyers were not involved and neither were any others from the Davis camp.

One source speculated that the Chancery of the Washington Archdiocese and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops were deliberately kept out of the loop for fear that the meeting might be scuttled.

Her advisers told Davis not to wear white or red “because of the snarkiness of the press.”

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