Every year the folks over at Time Magazine go through a wide list of candidates searching for who the “Person of the Year” will be. Politicians, religious leaders, entertainers, athletes and businessmen and women all get considered for the media popularity contest. Some years, Time gets it right and selects a person who has really accomplished a great deal over the year. Other times the magazine picks President Barack Obama for things that he “wants” to accomplish.
This is one of those “Barack Obama” years.
The people at Time magazine have selected Pope Francis as the “Person of the Year.” The Pope is extremely influential in any year; he is the leader of a religious organization that counts a population of over 1.2 Billion people. In the minds of most Catholics, the Pope is the voice of God on earth and the things that he says carry great weight. However, this is not why Time has chosen him as person of the year.
Pope Francis wins person of the year because he bucks the “traditional” approach of other Popes and has spoken openly against a “conservative” view of certain church practices. Time magazine and the left like this Pope because he speaks ambiguously about homosexuality and openly against capitalism (though he seems to misunderstand what capitalism actually is). In other words, Time Magazine has chosen Pope Francis as their person of the year because he is a useful idiot.
I know those last words seem harsh, and I don’t mean them to. I don’t mean that the Pope is an idiot. I mean that his opposition finds him useful for his own destruction – because truly that is what the Pope’s controversial speeches have been. He may be seeking some kind of conciliatory tone with the non-Christian portion of the planet. He may be seeking to change the church’s image among nonbelievers. He may be seeking to return the church to a humbler time, where the focus was on meeting the needs of the poor and not on the grandeur of the church.
But that’s not what is happening.
Instead, he has sowed seeds of discord and misunderstanding amongst his own flock. They are unsure of where the church stands on some important moral issues. Moreover, he has given ammunition to the church’s enemies that they will now use to confuse, manipulate and distort the beliefs and teaching of the church to the masses. (It’s already happening – just google Pope on homosexuality or Pope on capitalism).
The Pope shouldn’t be person of the year – at least not for the real reasons Time selected him. The Pope must remember that he is no longer the simple parish priest from Argentina, or the Cardinal that was only known in a small corner of the world. He is a world leader. He is the voice of over 1 Billion people, scattered throughout the world. When he speaks, when he acts, he must be clear, concise, and not allow his words to be misconstrued in his efforts to be conciliatory.
But hey, what do I know, I’m just a simple Protestant boy. I don’t believe most of what the guy says, anyway.
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