A Vatican official announced on Oct. 2 that there was a "sense of regret" regarding Pope Francis' meeting with Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis last week (video below).
The Vatican added that the pope's meeting with Davis should not be seen as an endorsement, and was set up by the Nunciature, the Vatican's ambassador to the United States.
"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," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a press release. "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."
Davis told ABC News on Sept. 30 (video below) about her meeting with the pope: "Just knowing that the pope is on track with what we're doing, and agreeing, kind of validates everything."
During an interview this week on CNN (video below), Davis' lawyer Mat Staver strongly implied that the pope supported Davis and her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses per her religious beliefs, but Staver refused to disclose how the meeting came about.
E. J. Dionne, a reporter with The Washington Post, told MSNBC on Oct. 1 that American bishops opposed the meeting, which was set up by the Vatican's culturally conservative ambassador to the United States.