Charles P. Pierce at Esquire asks, "Was Pope Francis Actually Swindled into Meeting Kim Davis?"
Villain: Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Vigano.
Perhaps "tricked" would be a better word than "swindled" here, but it's an interesting story, with insights into the "sanctified r*****ing" that has been part of the Vatican for centuries.
The Vatican has issued a statement:
The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order to contribute to anobjective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:
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.Translation:
Archbishop Carlo Vigano put that pile of poo there, and let the Pope step in it.
So I owe the Pope an apology. The deceitful coward turned out to be someone else.