Pope Francis Is 2013 TIME Person Of The Year

This will be a fascinating issue to read.  I could read it on online, but will wait for my copy to land in the mailbox.

I have never heard so many non-Catholics excited over any pope as they are with Pope Francis.  He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century.

In announcing Pope Francis as TIME Person of the Year earlier Wednesday, TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs wrote that Francis got the nod “for pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy.”


3 thoughts on “Pope Francis Is 2013 TIME Person Of The Year

  1. Alinka

    At a risk of appearing bitchy, I’d say ,expressing my pretty progressive bunch of Catholic inlaws’ views- at this point Pope Francis is still mostly all talk.

    Nothing wrong with talk, but he isn’t using his power to start the motions that can potentially change the terrible, horrible, no good doctrines of the Church re: women, abortion, gays, priests’ celibacy, etc

    C’mon,Pope, USA Constitution was changed, 18th : you can’t sell booze, 21st : neah, rewind that, let’s sell booze again. Your Holiness can do better than what your Holiness is doing now, speed it up.

    If that’s how he plans to remain until he dies or retires, he’ll go down in history as a visionary and talking points’ master. Next Pope, if conservative, will turn the wheel back. Social change in religious institutions needs to be validated by official legal doctrine change, just like we do the secular world’s laws.

  2. Alinka,

    You are not alone in your thinking. I read yesterday this post and found it this morning so you too can link to it.


    In part it reads…..My problem with picking Pope Francis isn’t selecting him at all, but rather, selecting him this year. It’s absolutely true that Francis has radically rebranded the papacy in a relatively short time. But that doesn’t mean he’s completely erased years of justifiable fury over clerical sexual abuse, or the lavish lifestyles of some priests. And while Francis has talked about a Catholicism that focuses more on compassion and ministering to Catholics in their lived experiences rather than condemning for their failures of compliance, achieving that vision is a long-term project.

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