The Vatican admitted that Pope Francis had met secretly with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis during his U.S. tour last week. Davis’ lawyer told The New York Times that the Vatican had initially wanted the meeting kept under wraps because they “didn’t want the Pope’s visit to be focused on Kim Davis.” Now, the Vatican has earned the exact responses they were probably hoping to avoid. One such response came from Antony Hegarty, musician and transfeminist/future feminist, who wrote on Antony and the Johnsons’ Facebook page:
Apparently Pope Francis was working behind the scenes to undermine gay rights in America. How shameful and pathetic of him. I have been so impressed with his approach to climate and his call to end the death penalty in the US. But for him to make insidious comments about how the “traditional family” is under threat (presumably from gay marriage) and then to secretly meet that poor misguided cretin Kim Davis… I am glad that he is mobilizing his flock to care about nature, but i would still prefer that they would all just go to their heaven now and leave the rest of humanity and nature in peace here on earth. Pope Francis seems still to be causing harm and burning witches in the name of Christ, just like his forefathers. Francis attempts to distract us from Catholic sexual predators with a smokescreen of fake moralizing about gay people and their rights to live as equals in society. Pope Francis should line up one hundred gay, lesbian and transgendered people from around the world and wash and kiss their feet. He should issue a formal apology on behalf of the Vatican for centuries of persecuting, torturing and killing gay and transgendered people in the name of their god. Or are we not worthy of his humility, unlike criminals, the American indigenous, and the poor? And he doesn’t even have the political courage to speak of his bigotry directly. Knowing it would hurt his popularity, he slithers around in secret, watering the seeds of hatred and violence against gay, lesbian and transgendered people. Jesus Wept.
The post was signed “Anohni,” the name Hegarty uses on her upcoming record, Hopelessness.