LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Vatican confirmed Wednesday that Pope Francis did visit with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Although the Pope is adamant that the church does not believe in marriage between same-sex couples, he wants the church to be more open towards gays and lesbians, which is something that Father Joe Kannampuzha, pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Lufkin, agrees with.
"The Catholic Church is not against gays and lesbians," said Kannampuzha. "The Catholic Church always welcomes them, but the church tells them how to live a moral life."
Kannampuzha said he was pleased with Pope Francis' recent visit to the United States and thinks he brought up several important social issues that go along with the Catholic Church like immigration and abortion.