News of Francis’s meeting with Davis exploded on social media, triggering strong reactions from the left and the right.
“Nooooooo!!!!!! This makes me so angry! So everything he’s preaching is a lie!!!” Alyssa Milano, the former star of “Who’s the Boss?” and “Charmed,” tweeted to her 2.85 million followers.
Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which aims to build bridges between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church, said the Davis meeting threw a wet blanket over the pope’s U.S. visit.
“He sometimes talks out of both sides of his mouth,” DeBernardo wrote on his blog. “His remarks on specific moral and political issues are often at odds with his welcoming stance.”
Robert George, president of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, said he was thrilled to see the pope embrace Davis.