Pope Francis, The People’s Pope

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

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Illustration by Bryan Drury for TIME; Photo reference: Alessandra Tarantino / AP

In what would prove to be a providential turn, a Cardinal who admired Bergoglio’s work as provincial—­including his ability to assess the talents of others and organize productive ­meetings—came seeking him and, rescuing him from Córdoba exile, turbocharged his ascent in the church hierarchy. And as he rose from bishop to Archbishop to Cardinal, Bergoglio began ministering to the slums—the same kind of districts that Yorio and Jalics refused to leave at his orders. Jalics, who now lives in Bavaria, kept silent about the case for nearly four decades but released a statement after Bergoglio became Francis, declaring that “Orlando Yorio and I were never given up by Jorge Bergoglio … I used to think we had been victims of an accusation. But by the late 90s, after many conversations, it was clear to me that I was wrong.”

After becoming Archbishop in 1998, Bergoglio was known for his frugality, for taking the bus and the subway and for living in a simple apartment on the same block as the cathedral, not at the opulent archdiocesan residence. That kind of humility increased his appeal not only with ordinary Argentines but also among his fellow Archbishops in Latin America. His meteoric postexile rise seemed to climax in April 2005, when the death of John Paul II brought Bergoglio to Rome and to the ranks of what Vaticanologists call I ­papabili—the Cardinals who might become Pope. The Wednesday after Germany’s Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI, Bergoglio had lunch with his press secretary Marcó and, according to Marcó, never let on that the Latin American Cardinals had gathered enough support to make him the runner-up in the conclave. Some accounts have Bergoglio signaling to his supporters to shift their votes to Ratzinger so as not to prolong the process and give an impression of a divided College of Cardinals.

He returned to Buenos Aires and looked to retirement. He had already picked out the residence where he would live out the rest of his life—an old-age home for priests in Flores, where he was born—and handed his letter of resignation to the Pope when he turned 75 in 2011. “I’m starting to consider the fact that I have to leave everything behind,” he said in 2010. “It makes me want to be fair with everyone always, to sign the final ­flourish … But death is in my thoughts every day.” He insisted he was not sad, and he went on posing for pictures with the faithful. But his face gave him away, and one parishioner called him on it: “Padre Jorge, if you’re going to put on that face, you’re going to ruin the photo.”

Then without warning on Feb. 11, Benedict XVI announced that he was abdicating the papacy, the first time a Pope had resigned in 600 years. The Archbishop of Buenos Aires once again flew to Rome, though he was no longer on the hot list of I papabili. But on the night of March 13, to the world’s surprise, Bergoglio emerged on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica as Francis.

Argentines saw on his face what millions of others could not have divined: the sad, haggard look was gone. Joy cometh in the evening.

Francis has made society’s most vulnerable—the sick, the elderly, immigrants and children—the focus of his ministry.

Francesco Zizola / NOOR for TIME

Francis has made society’s most vulnerable—the sick, the elderly, immigrants and children—the focus of his ministry.
See more photos of the Pope made for Person of the Year on LightBox .

The Limits Of Reform

The five words that have come to define both the promise and the limits of Francis’ papacy came in the form of a question: “Who am I to judge?” That was his answer when asked about homo­sexuality by a reporter in July. Many assumed Francis, with those words, was changing church doctrine. Instead, he was merely changing its tone, searching for a pragmatic path to reach the faithful who had been repelled by their church or its emphasis on strict dos and don’ts. Years of working closely with parish priests have taught him that the church seemed more comfortable with narrow issues than human complexity, and it lost congregants and credibility in the bargain. He is urging his army to think more broadly. As he told Spadaro, “What is the confessor to do? We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. That is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context.”

In short, ease up on the hot-button issues. That might not seem like significant progress in the U.S. and other developed nations. But the Pope’s sensitivity to sexual orientation has a different impact in many developing countries, where homo­phobia is institutionalized, widespread and sanctioned. Similarly, Francis is aware of the liberal clamor in the affluent West for the ordination of women. He also recognizes that Catholic doctrine, as it is currently formulated, cannot be made to justify women as priests. “The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions,” he has said. But that does not involve ordination as priests. Instead, in his recent exhortation, he says he wants to diminish the primacy of the all-male priesthood, arguing that just because they monopolize the sacraments does not mean their gender should be the only one empowered in the church.

That won’t make the grade for women who expect equal protection and rights under secular law. But the real significance of these new horizons will likely come in countries where the stakes for women are far higher than just the question of ordination. In the places where the Catholic Church is growing fastest, Francis’ words may portend significant advances in culture wars where women and other disadvantaged groups have always been on the losing side. When Catholic Archbishop Berhaneyesus Souraphiel of Addis Ababa talks of women in the church, he thinks of the crisis in sub-Saharan African regions where female genital mutilation is common. He is trying to rally Catholics to raise money to build a university where women can have greater access to education. Souraphiel sees great progress in Francis’ statements about women. “It could help a lot,” he says, “because he is saying women have a great role in the church and in society.”

But if there appears to be some wiggle room on homosexuality and the role of women, there is none for abortion. “This is not something subject to alleged reforms or ‘modernizations,’” Francis says. “It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.” Even so, Francis’ tonal shifts on doctrine have unsettled some church conservatives, particularly in the U.S., where some bishops in the past have declined to offer Communion to elected officials who favor abortion. The exact size of this group is unknown, but no one denies it exists. “Already there has been a lot of backlash from traditionalist groups, conservative groups, people who feel he is moving too quickly away from the traditional style of Benedict on liturgy, on clerical appointments,” says Brian Daley, a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. “But that’s probably a relatively small group of people.”

Those who have inveighed against abortion and homosexuality for decades may fear that the ground is shifting underneath their feet. Some of the harshest criticisms of Francis have come from traditionalists alarmed at his emphasizing the Pope’s role as just another bishop—­albeit of Rome—rather than Supreme Pontiff. They ­argue that this path would lead to the end of the papacy as the world has known it for centuries. In early October, Mario Palmaro, a conservative bioethicist who worked for Radio Maria, went so far as to co-author an essay titled “We Do Not Like This Pope” that hinted that Francis was the Antichrist because of his all-too-knowing use of the media to propagate heterodox ideas. Palmaro was particularly appalled by the interview Francis granted the atheist editor of the Italian daily La Repubblica, in which the Pope was quoted as saying, “I believe in God, not a Catholic God.” The station fired Palmaro for criticizing the boss. But in November, after Palmaro came down with a debilitating disease, Francis telephoned to console him. “I was so moved by the phone call that I was not able to conduct much conversation,” Palmaro told reporters. “He just wanted to tell me that he is praying for me.” Palmaro says he has not changed his opinion of Francis’ policy.

Part of the conservative critique is that Francis’ words and gestures cannot be fully reconciled with the legacy of previous Popes. Apparently aware of that potential for controversy, Francis has been skillfully citing the writings of former Pontiffs, stressing continuity. As the first Pontiff to be ordained a priest after Vatican II, he has been generous to the opinions of John XXIII, who convened that reformist council. But it is a delicate task given that Francis has one thing no Pope has had since the 15th century: a living predecessor. While Benedict resides in quiet retirement in the Vatican Gardens, he remains a potential rallying point for those who fear that Francis may hold the doctrinal reins too loosely. So far, Francis and Benedict appear to get on well: both men flatter each other, and Francis was especially generous with quotations from Benedict in his recent exhortation. In any case, Francis needs to keep his predecessor on his side, for it was Benedict who codified the conservative views of John Paul II, the hero of many Catholics, particularly those on the right of the spectrum.

Francis will continue the policy of both John Paul II and Benedict on détente and fraternal relations with Judaism. (Francis plans to visit Israel in May.) But with his experience working with the Muslim immigrant population of Argentina, Francis will extend a warmer hand toward Islam than Benedict, who famously infuriated that religion’s clerics with a scholarly aside in an otherwise innocuous speech. And he has proved himself amenable to Protestant, evangelical piety, scandalizing conservative Catholics in Argentina by kneeling and being blessed by Pentecostal preachers in a Buenos Aires auditorium.

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1014 comments
phinn
phinn

Still can't believe Time gave this award to a pope compared to Edward Snowden who opened our eyes and took exile simply to reveal to this country has lost one of the very freedoms it has sworn to provide. Regardless of the unfortunate way he went about it, the fact remains that the world is truly a better place for the information he revealed. The President should give him a full pardon. Like him or not he is absolutely the most important person of the year and the pope belongs at a close second.

I haven't been able to read this magazine since.

JackieGreeneJohnson
JackieGreeneJohnson

I'm interested in knowing who made the decision to hide the 2012 winner (Eric Snowden) and those who don't make the extra effort to see the half-second picture.  A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it's only a single moment in time. It's a shame that Time doesn't see its readers as bright enough to realize that for themselves.


kathrynspencer1121@yahoo.com
kathrynspencer1121@yahoo.com

I would like to order the issue of Time Magazine Man of the year showing the Pope Francis on the cover.. I don't know where to find at this time but am willing to purchase a copy as soon as humanly possible.  Please contact me at my e-mail.  It is in my account.


noblemanakuzhy
noblemanakuzhy

See, i must tell you, this is the best feature-article i've ever seen and read on a Personality. Time has done a perfectly right thing by choosing Pope Francis as the Man of the year. I'm in all praise for the reporters of this particular piece of writing. They deserve big credits. 

I wish if the bishops and priests of the same Church of this Pope will also find sometime to read this article. Many of them still seem ignorant to what Pope wants of the Church today (may be because they choose to be so). 

Long live the Pope. As someone said, 'Now there's a PRIEST as a Pope'.

Yoshi
Yoshi

Of course, Time selected Adolph Hitler as "man of the year" in 1938. This pope, back when he was "Provincial superior", who remained silent as tens of thousands of Argentines were "disappeared" by killers driving Falcons during the 1970's seems a natural for the part. Thank you, Time magazine for keeping your integrity intact, all these decades.

BettyeFrantz
BettyeFrantz

I was generally disappointed with this year's choices!!!  Yes, there's plenty of room for discussions, and debate!!!  I was really dismayed over only 5 people profiled.  I would prefer to see all choices, and less write up about the chosen!!!  As far as Eric S., the traitor!!!  Nothing will change my mind about this individual.  He is a thief!!!  Also, a fraud!!!


Please be more open with your selections for 2014, and let us see them al!!!

PenZideanMotZart
PenZideanMotZart

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. John 15:18-19

Don't be fooled many will be deceived....

theratzpack
theratzpack


"No Pope can make them all happy at once."

 roll's eyes
didn't know the Pope was called to make ppl happy.

JanFredericks
JanFredericks

Hope all those who made advances to a Vatican guard are disciplined.  He knows about it.

JanFredericks
JanFredericks

Hope all including  Bishops (and a Cardinal) are disciplined from abusing one of the Vatican's guards.   He knows about it.

ChathamHaleForbesSr
ChathamHaleForbesSr

This Pope understands the ancient foundation, the rock, the  RC Church stands upon.  He seems habitually conscious of its original Christian mission. In his insistence on relative simplicity he is very authentic.  Pope Francis I possesses the leadership capacity to  unite and inspire his enormous worldwide congregation, and that is a blessing. The world right now is in profound need of exactly what Francis brings. He is a luminous personality.






USNavy2014
USNavy2014

Everyone who is angry over Snowden not getting Person of the Year; Were you this butt-hurt over Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing?

albacicl
albacicl

I thank Time for 2013's election of Pope Francis. And I thank very specially the cover story and the videos. They brought me even closer to Pope Francis

tonysdick665
tonysdick665


When I disagree with the Pope’s conduct, I always find someone who takes his defense:

"But you have to give him time for he took office just now" - Just now!?: Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on March 13, 2013. And people keep on saying: "He cannot take action because he is not permitted."


Gentlemen, I am taken aback by your naivety and stupidity and, even more, I can’t understand how you elaborating  these kinds of imaginative ideas and thoughts.


At the beginning of his pontificate Pope Francis did promise he should open the seminaries, shut up for lack of vocations, with a viewing to giving homeless people shelter.


I mean to inform those who live abroad, about the black-out of the news, concerning the ‘Holy’ Catholic Church. As a matter of fact, none of it leaks out of Italian borders. And I am writing this comment, above all, to firmly relate the plight of the refugees in Lampedusa, getting more and more critical while the police aren't able to manage the control of these people, ready to make their escape.

There is need for housing in order to give a dignified reception to these wonderful people, who are looking for a place away from tyranny and hunger.


But is Pope Francis helping them out? Nope.

The Pope is aware of these great inconveniences but does not take any initiative. In other words, he is breaking his promise.


And his silence is a thousand times louder than Niagara Falls.


The media are spreading news no end and are giving breaking information about the refugees, who are taking flight. Unfortunately most of them are doomed to fall into the Mafia’s hands and, consequently, to turn into laborers of this criminal organization.

MarkWhatman
MarkWhatman

This choice speaks very poorly of Time Magazine.


syrusbsnl
syrusbsnl

P3- Pope Francis,People's, Pope - The Gift of Almighty God to the entire world - A Good Shepherd in all respect

Viva Viva Pappa Pope Francis

syrus

LazarX
LazarX

Time typically goes with either the safe, or the inane, such as the  year it put a mirror up saying that the "Person of the  Year is YOU."  This year it went with the safe, after all who's going to badmouth the Pope, aside from a few Tea Party wingnuts whose main purpose in life is to feed new material to John Stewart's Daily Show?


The real  person of the year is Edward Snowden who ripped off all of the Emperor's clothes to show the maggots hiding underneath.

dicktickletracey
dicktickletracey

Francis you moron.  You were the runner up to Miley Cyrus.  Speaks volumes of Time Magazine and the Catholic Church. 

Im a regular Church going Catholic as well.  

ursusrexx2
ursusrexx2

Question for F-1:

When will being an ‘active-pedophile / protector of pedophiles’ change from an (expected) R.C.C.-condition of employment, (per Rome’s protectionist-policy), to a mandatory reporting situation?????

 It is my custom to wait for the new pope’s first year to pass before condemning/extolling a new pontiff, because… (SIGH…), I’m waiting to see if he is genuine, or merely another, ‘go along, to get along’, flunky!


Meanwhile…

Did the ‘emeritus’ pope, Ratzinger, (…basking in disgraced retirement!), ever get ‘round to fulfilling his, (“I will rid this church of its filth!”), vow?

Considering Mr. Ratzinger’s role, (as Cardinal_Princess_Protector of…), the late Fr. Lawrence Murphy…

alleged to have raped 200 deaf male children, (Wisconsin orphanage system)…

It would seem highly unlikely…

Wouldn’t it?

What of Bishop Vangheluwe?

You’ll recall:

Bishop Vangheluwe, (like Bishop Williamson before him), went on a tv interview; …instead of extolling the 3rd Reich, (like Bishop Williamson), Bishop Vangheluwe (nostalgically) remembered/discussed his dalliances with…

Nephews!

What of Monsignor Lynn, newly released on the thinnest of legal technicalities??

…A promotion to bishop, perhaps?

A ‘papabile-slot’ further down this criminal’s piety-career?

What of (Opus Dei) Bishop R.J.Finn, who exclaimed “I didn’t know what to do!” when confronted with his failure to report Fr. Shaun Ratigan, (priest-child-pornster)?

What of the tens of thousands of cases where clerics transferred know/suspected pedophile-clerics?
For example…

Cardinal Princess Law waddled Rome-ward and was rewarded, (having just barely escaped indictment in Boston) via Mary_Major’s Basilica;

Thus…

Bernie Cardinal_Princess Law’s new nickname: Mary_Major’s ‘major mary’, (L.O.L.!);

Finally…

What of the following URL, (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/colombian-priests-hire-hitmen-kill-article-1.1022707)...

A story so repellant / so heinous I will leave it up to the reader to read it?


bex505
bex505

All you people saying negative comments. Don't blame the Church it is people like you who are the reason the world is the way it is. Instead of spreading love you are spreading hate.  Good job. Try saying something nice that isn't mean to other people or their beliefs. Maybe then we could have a better world of understanding and love and life would be better. You criticise the Church but WE are the ones spreading the message of love where you guys are spreading the message of hate one another. Think about it. Change your ways, if anything just try to be a nice person and all of us would be a lot better off.

cxp47
cxp47

I am surprised on how such a scenic first page is accompanied by a poor article. All the Bergoglio's history is explained as a gossip, starting from his birth to today, only pinpointing his priority for poor and then obsessively repeating the homosexual and the women issues, which are already in the Pope's talks and actions, and at the same time ignoring what he said: “it is not necessary to talk about those issues all the time”.


It is more surprising that the paragraph “A changing papacy” is also and again reduced to a gossip, with little little reporting to his main changes of rules and persons of the Vatican's Bank “IOR” and of the Roman Curia, both of which are generating an internal war against him, according to the Cesare Borgia's stile, the archbishop who inspired the Macchiavelli's “The Prince”.


A war well explained on the weekly paper “Il Venerdì di Repubblica”, in the article “Who wants to stop the Papastrjka” which describes the events with the names of the defenestrated archbishops and the new ones, to change the IOR and the Roman Curia, http://periodici.repubblica.it/venerdi/ pagg. 22-27.

Those are the real hard and dangerous issues, from which Pope Francis has to watch himself.


All the rest is nice to hear because is also part of the Pope's Francis changes, a Church which finally makes a 180 degree change after 1000 years, but they are not the harmful core.

sonofthesun
sonofthesun

Here's an idea.  Sell off some of the Vatican's treasures, feed the starving, turn the churches into something useful like condom dispensaries.

If a Jesus existed, he would approve.

DavidBurns
DavidBurns

Time ABSOLUTELY GOT IT WRONG.  Their stated criteria: the person "who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year."  I think it's wonderful that Pope Francis is not hunkered down in a bunker like his predecessor, reactionary and obtuse, but his words of sympathy for the poor have not affected the news and our lives.  They are just words at this point.  By contrast, Edward Snowden ignited an over-due national and international dialogue about technology and privacy.  The light he shed on the NSA has already made us safer and freer from government intrusion.  Snowden's disclosures have had, and will continue to have, tangible results.  For these reasons, Edward Snowden, not Pope Francis, should have been the 2013 Person Of The Year.  



JackFord
JackFord

How Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year is a mystery. Oh, he's honest? Hooray, the church still denounces gay marriage and women in general. Not to mention that his "honesty" still hasn't eliminated the sex allegations and charges against priests and members of the church alike. In that case, the runner-up shouldn't have been Edward Snowden, it should have been Ed the Sock.

ChandraPanchabhikesan
ChandraPanchabhikesan

The Pope's consistent message has been humility and simplicity without the trappings of pomp and ceremony.  His insistence on tolerance and respect are genuine as he tries to reach out to the masses. He has endeared himself to his followers the world over by his exemplary ways.


Pancha Chandra Brussels

jonocono
jonocono

The message I get from our new Papi, is "tolerance".  If we could make this the mantra of the 21st century, things might possibly work out for the human race and planet earth.  Long live Pope Francis.

CliffordSpencer
CliffordSpencer

Catholics worship the Vulgate!

According to GENESIS; HIS WORD was in the beginning.

  Mormons worship the Book of Mormon.

  That document was translated in 1830!

  How old is the WORD OF GOD?

JaneRavenswood
JaneRavenswood

Francis presents a nicer image than Benedict did, however he supports the same willful ignorance that religions based in bronze age fantasy always do. 

PTom
PTom

Time magazine rightfully announced Pope Francis as a person of 2013 year. But he actually did not need this recognition. There is an undisputable criterion for distinguishing the person’s qualities and integrity. Pope Francis earnestly and unselfishly, with humility and love for the regular people aimed to fulfill the Natural Law.

But in its previous issue Time magazine named a human being Master of the Universe, greatly offending in this way the real ONE.

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

TIME is to be congratulated for choosing Pope Francis. 

There is nothing to be ashamed of being a Marxist, for Marx got his ideas from Jesus. Jesus attacked priests, capitalists and corrupt rulers in all his speeches. Marx probably would have got ideas for revolutionary socialism from the bold act of Jesus in driving out black marketeers and big business from the Temple premises. The Bible says that Jesus entered into the temple of God, and drove out all of those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the money changers' tables and the seats of those who sold the doves. If Jesus came now into many parts of his visible church, how many secret evils he would discover and cleanse! And how many things daily practiced under the cloak of religion, would he show to be more suitable to a den of thieves than to a house of prayer! In Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov, a bishop wants to arrest Jesus for interfering in his nefarious activities. Pope Francis should boldly put into action Christian Marxism. If he fails, Jesus wouldn't recognize him at the time of Last Judgment. 

A.Yeshuratnam

India

jesu
jesu

The world needs more people friendly recognition of this Nature. I was really sad when Obama was awarded with the Nobel peace award, but ...bit relaxed to see this today. Not because  I am a Catholic but I am  one, among millions of ordinary people , in search of  leaders who are Humane. Thanks to the TIME.

sonia
sonia

A good choice, and of the runner-ups the only real choice if this is an international honor. Snowden is a good 2nd, but as a non-Christian I must still say, the Pope has a greater overreach, and just making people around the world like the church more, and giving hope to so many marginalized people. . . a good choice.


Whatanotion
Whatanotion

This time "they know not what they do"  will be unavailable to the Pope.  They know exactly what they are doing.  This time they may sell tickets, online, to The event.

dgedert4
dgedert4

thank you for info I was not aware of...very insightful....and then there is the guidance of the Holy Spirit answering the MYSTERY

gonzatz
gonzatz

@Yoshi Not only he was not silent in the 70´s but personally involved in the rescue and hiding of many pursued, a thorough investigation was carried by several Human Rights orgs., some of them whose simpaties with the Kirchners administration are so evident, later on had to apoligize and recognize Jorge Bergolio´s efforts to save others and confront the Junta. Moreover, a recent book has been launched with several testimonies called "The Bergoglio´s List", in line with the well known "The Schindlers List" that I reccomend you to read ,due to your limited knowledge on our Popes integrity and values.

TishTash
TishTash

@Yoshi Ah, ye of little literacy: Time chooses the person it feels (opinion alert!) affected the news and the world the most, for good or ill. It's a specious qualification, agreed, but your implication that they choose the most notorious person for the title is ill-informed.

JasonRosenbaum
JasonRosenbaum

@BettyeFrantz Why is he a fraud? Because he opened our eyes to the fact that the NSA is spying on millions of people not suspected of any crime in the US and abroad?

phinn
phinn

@USNavy2014  I'd like Nobel prizes to be focused on scientific achievements, but Obama got a Nobel Peace prize, it's perfectly reasonable and he probably deserves it.

As far as Snowden not getting person of the year, that's a travesty. Like him or not he is without a doubt the most important person of the year and opened all of our eyes to something our country has sworn to provide and the world is a better place because of this new information. Obama needs to give him a full pardon.

USNavy2014
USNavy2014

@MarkWhatmanAtheist logic: "Christians need to be more tolerant!" (tolerant, socially progressive pope gets elected.) "OMG Time is stupid for making the pope Person of the Year!"

USNavy2014
USNavy2014

@sonofthesunYou know, for a group of people (atheists) who pride themselves on tolerance, you're not very tolerant yourself.

laleprincey
laleprincey

@DavidBurns I believe the Time Criteria emphasizes a global context and therefore while the NSA may have a global sphere of influence the name itself explicitly conveys its domestic focus. This is not to belittle the bravery or impact that Snowden had (or arguably the larger impact he *should have had*) however it's difficult--impossible?--to argue that any other singular institution has had a more profound impact on humanity throughout history than the Catholic Church. In that context the current Pope is absolutely a legitimate choice for MOTY.

USNavy2014
USNavy2014

@JackFordYou seem to ignore the part where the pope denounced homophobia. Brilliant.

Yoshi
Yoshi

@ChandraPanchabhikesanYes, by his "exemplary" silence (along with the rest of the Catholic church) as his countrymen were dying during the "Dirty war". Great guy!

thesaleboat
thesaleboat

@AbrahamYeshuratnam Marxism thinks the government knows what we should do with our lives and money . I have no faith in the ability of our federal government, let alone them telling me what to do with my money and freedom. 

Yoshi
Yoshi

@TishTashOkay, sorry, Sir/Madam. No need for name-calling. You have no understanding of my literacy beyond an opinion I stated. To name someone "Person of the year" certainly appears to be an honorific or a statement of high esteem. Perhaps a different title would be more appropriate, such as "news-maker" or "news-figure" of the year.

To gonzatz: I will agree to disagree. Those recent testimonies are far different from the older ones I am familiar with.

clh
clh

@USNavy2014 @sonofthesun So we're intolerant for asking that the Vatican does what it preaches instead of just sitting on golden thrones and protecting pedophiles.

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