Back in January, Kim Davis, the homophobic nut job who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, receiving an anonymous invitation to the State of the Union address caused quite a stir. Apparently, that anonymous invitation was actually sent by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican’s nuncio, or ambassador, to the United States. Daily Kos reports that Pope Francis, and the rest of the Vatican for that matter, are, to say the least, not happy with Viganò for this decision. They are so unhappy, in fact, that the Pope is planning to replace him.
Davis claimed that she met privately with the Pope. In reality, though, Davis and her husband were among dozens of other people in a papal reception. Vatican officials also refuse to confirm Davis’ claim that the pope told her to “stay strong,” saying instead that the Pope did not discuss her situation with her. Apparently, according to a friend of the Pope, he had no knowledge of Davis’ planned attendance.
When bishops and archbishops reach the ripe old age of 75, which Viganò hit in January, they are required to submit a letter of resignation to the Vatican. Likely due to Viganò’s surprise setup and his highly conservative positions, now that his time is up, the Pope is planning to replace him with someone very different. Viganò will be replaced with someone whose positions better align with Francis’s, particularly with regards to immigration.
According to “America,” a Catholic magazine, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the French-born current nuncio to Mexico, will replace Viganò. Pope Francis has made his feelings regarding immigration very clear, even challenging Presidential candidate Donald Trump over them. Because of his position in Mexico, it is likely that Pierre will place more focus on immigration issues, especially those pertaining to the United States/Mexico border.
Appointing Pierre in place of Viganò appears to be another step in Pope Francis’s attempts to modernize the Vatican and promote love and tolerance. Since his appointment, Francis’s declarations regarding almost everything, including the death penalty, have been surprisingly liberal, especially for a pope. Watch some of his best moments from his first visit to the United States below, courtesy of ROME REPORTS in English via YouTube.