Millennium: Acceptable. Lots of points for importance, plenty of room for controversy, and most of all, not Miley Cyrus.
offacue: The name's Francis Soyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of you guys call me Francis, and I'll kill you.
steerforth: NEWSFLASH: Old man in a dress wins award from old magazine in distress.
SlagginOff: It's not that big of a deal. I remember I was the person of the year back in 2006, and I really haven't done shiat.
SomeoneDumb: ImOkWithThis.jpgNot a Catholic, not even a believer.
ferretman: SlagginOff: It's not that big of a deal. I remember I was the person of the year back in 2006, and I really haven't done shiat.No....I was the person of the year in 2006.....
Brick-House: I shocked that the Pope beat out Miley of POTY.[ts1.mm.bing.net image 300x199]what are you people at TIME thinking?
Smoking GNU: Missed it by that much.
generallyso: He's great for PR but not so great for actually doing something about what makes the Catholic Church so unpopular.
Waldo Pepper: This year should have been Snowden and next year the Pope if all of his changes make a different and/or take effect
DamnYankees: Great choice. I'll reprint this, which is an email I wrote in to Andrew Sullivan, in response to an article about Pope Francis' embrace of a horribly disfigured man:I'm a complete and thorough atheist. I was raised religious, but went away from it very consciously and actively as I rejected the entire logical foundation of religion. I am still as confident in my atheism as I've ever been. I preface my thoughts this way merely to put into context the unalloyed awe and admiration I have at the actions this Pope has taken. Acts of profound and sincere compassion are all too rare in this world, and whether those acts come from an atheist or a pope, they are to be treasured and cherish.The reality of horrible disfigurement has always been something which has struck me very hard. On one level, its simply the pity one feels looking upon the decrepit, and imagining the difficulty of their lives. On another level, I can't help but feel of overbearing sense of guilt at my own visceral disgust upon looking at disfigured people; it's a disgust rooted in evolution and natural instincts, not a moral revulsion, but its an undeserved disgust all the same. I'm not going to pretend that seeing the actions of Pope Francis today is going to be able to change that; human instinct is what it is. But it gave me a little more appreciation for the profound acts of kindness that people are capable of when they truly embrace compassion as an ethos. For that, this man is worthy of intense admiration.In 6 months, Pope Francis has lifted the image of his faith far above anything I'd thought possible in my 28 years of life. May he continue to do so.
Millennium: most of all, not Miley Cyrus.
Funk Brothers: I was really pulling for Ted Cruz to be the Person of the Year.
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