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(Time)   Pope Francis is the TIME Person of the Year. There are some pretty sweet incentives in his contract with God for this, and also if Notre Dame wins a major bowl game   (poy.time.com ) divider line
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2013-12-11 09:00:44 AM  
Good choice
 
2013-12-11 09:02:44 AM  
Looks like a better choice than the runner-ups.
 
2013-12-11 09:02:46 AM  
The name's Francis Soyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of you guys call me Francis, and I'll kill you.
 
2013-12-11 09:03:14 AM  
For once I agree with Time.
 
2013-12-11 09:03:21 AM  
Acceptable. Lots of points for importance, plenty of room for controversy, and most of all, not Miley Cyrus.
 
2013-12-11 09:04:56 AM  
ImOkWithThis.jpg

Not a Catholic, not even a believer.
 
2013-12-11 09:05:00 AM  

Millennium: Acceptable. Lots of points for importance, plenty of room for controversy, and most of all, not Miley Cyrus.


MTV again proving that sticking out your tongue is now considered art.
 
2013-12-11 09:06:00 AM  
Wait, Notre Dame made a bowl? The Pinstripe Bowl, what the hell is that? Played at Yankee Stadium?  Looks like I better get familiar with it; I didn't know that it's  an ACC v. Big Ten exhibition starting next season.
 
2013-12-11 09:07:30 AM  

offacue: The name's Francis Soyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of you guys call me Francis, and I'll kill you.



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2013-12-11 09:09:24 AM  
As a non-practicing Roman Catholic this Pope has been very impressive for actually following the way of 'Heyzeus'. It's nice to read stories that don't involve the Catholic Church and little boys.
 
2013-12-11 09:12:40 AM  
NEWSFLASH: Old man in a dress wins award from old magazine in distress.
 
2013-12-11 09:14:10 AM  
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.
 
2013-12-11 09:18:05 AM  
Pope seeing twerking in his apartment upon hearing the news.
 
2013-12-11 09:19:20 AM  
I was really pulling for Ted Cruz to be the Person of the Year.
 
2013-12-11 09:20:38 AM  

steerforth: NEWSFLASH: Old man in a dress wins award from old magazine in distress.



Wonderful.
 
2013-12-11 09:26:23 AM  
I shocked that the Pope beat out Miley of POTY.

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what are you people at TIME thinking?
 
2013-12-11 09:27:16 AM  

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.....
 
2013-12-11 09:28:04 AM  

SomeoneDumb: ImOkWithThis.jpg

Not a Catholic, not even a believer.


Yep.
 
2013-12-11 09:35:23 AM  
You know who else was the TIME person of the year?
 
2013-12-11 09:35:56 AM  

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.....


I'm Spartacus.
 
2013-12-11 09:37:49 AM  

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.....


I am Spartacus!
 
2013-12-11 09:38:35 AM  
Missed it by that much.
 
2013-12-11 09:40:41 AM  

Brick-House: I shocked that the Pope beat out Miley of POTY.

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what are you people at TIME thinking?


Outside of that performance, Miley didn't do anything that captivated the audience.
 
2013-12-11 09:50:24 AM  
Francis  was a good choice.  The only other person worth considering would be Snowden.
 
2013-12-11 09:53:13 AM  

Smoking GNU: Missed it by that much.


I think it actually lives up to the spirit of the original scene that way.
 
2013-12-11 09:55:23 AM  
He's great for PR but not so great for actually doing something about what makes the Catholic Church so unpopular.
 
2013-12-11 10:00:28 AM  

generallyso: He's great for PR but not so great for actually doing something about what makes the Catholic Church so unpopular.


You're never going to get a catholic church that's permissive of everything the left wants. So you can forget that.

But there's middle ground you can focus on. And Francis seems to be helping move it there.
 
2013-12-11 10:16:05 AM  
Pope Francis? I thought he was like Pope Benedict or something. Is this not the German guy they selected a few years back?
 
2013-12-11 10:32:57 AM  
good.
 
2013-12-11 10:42:58 AM  
As a Roman Catholic, I think Pope Francis is awesome and I am amazed at how he is revitalizing The Church and bringing it back to the true ways of Jesus Christ.  Way to go Time Magaize!
 
2013-12-11 10:56:27 AM  
I'm also quite OK with this.
 
2013-12-11 10:57:05 AM  
I'm ok with this.
 
2013-12-11 11:01:57 AM  

offacue: The name's Francis Soyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of you guys call me Francis, and I'll kill you.


Oh, lighten up, Francis.
 
2013-12-11 11:16:20 AM  
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2013-12-11 11:29:18 AM  
I must've woken up on a different universe.  I can't believe its not Obama again.
 
2013-12-11 11:34:27 AM  

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


This. Snowden I think has had more important impact this year. It will be several years before we have an idea whether Franky is all talk or is actually making changes. The church moves at a glacial pace and is always at least 150 years behind the rest of humanity, so in spite of the (seemingly) rapid-fire changes coming out of the vatican, it will still be years before we see REAL change. It's all ground work and baby steps so far.

Former catholic, so I'm not as impressed by him as many have been. I need to see real concrete action before I even begin to get hopeful about him, and we may never get to the point where I can forgive the church for the things it's done. Even then, I doubt I'll ever go back.
 
2013-12-11 12:35:24 PM  
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.
 
2013-12-11 02:24:32 PM  
You know Quasimodo predicted all this.
 
2013-12-11 02:49:36 PM  

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.


Good post.
 
2013-12-11 03:16:26 PM  

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.


If ever there was a need for a perfect oxymoron....
 
2013-12-11 03:57:15 PM  

Millennium: most of all, not Miley Cyrus.


Very much this.
 
2013-12-11 07:29:01 PM  

Funk Brothers: I was really pulling for Ted Cruz to be the Person of the Year.


Hearing that on the news today really got me puzzled. The hell has Cruz done at any point in time to win a "Person of the Year" award?

unless they're awarding them for things like "Person who did a damn hard attempt to turn a first world nation into a hellhole by shuttering its government over paying bills" or somesuch now...
 
2013-12-11 08:35:22 PM  
i.bullfax.com

Time took the easy way out...
 
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