Do you recall the Pope’s visit to the United States and the huge yarn that Kim Davis legal team spun around her so called “meeting” with the Pope, in a manner that attempted to convey the Pope’s ‘support’ for Davis’s refusal to do her job to marry people equally, as a County employee? Well the PR stunt backfired as, we soon came to discover, as the Pope did not agree to meet Kim Davis in the manner suggested or for the purpose of supporting her unruly bigoted cause.
Apparently now Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a staunch conservative, who was vocally opposed to same-sex marriage throughout his five-year tenure as the Vatican’s nuncio (ambassador) to the United States, has been fired! He allegedly sent an anonymous invite to Ms. Kim Davis, for the Pope’s DC visit. While people initially believed this was a coup for Davis and bigot anti- same-sex marriage campaign, Pope Francis did not really see it that way at all.
A friend of the Pope’s claimed he was blindsided by the meeting, and the move caused the Vatican to distance itself from Viganò, leading many to believe the Pope would quietly replace him as his “statutory retirement age” was approaching. Viganò turned 75 in January; when bishops and archbishops reach that age, they are required to submit a letter of resignation to the Vatican.
Interestingly, the Pope is thinking about replacing the social conservative warrior with an advocate of immigration.
Some suggest this is a reassignment rather than firing.