A quick follow-up to yesterday’s rant: Pope Francis was named this morning as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, he’s been called “The People’s Pope” by many since he was elected in March of this year. From Time’s cover story on him:
“What makes this Pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all. People weary of the endless parsing of sexual ethics, the buck-passing infighting over lines of authority when all the while (to borrow from Milton), ‘the hungry Sheep look up, and are not fed. In a matter of months, Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church—the church as servant and comforter of hurting people in an often harsh world—above the doctrinal police work so important to its recent predecessor. John Paul II and Benedict XVI were professors of theology. Francis is a former janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician, and literature teacher.”
Good. GOOD, I say, and I’m not even Catholic. With so many extraordinary people on the finalist list this year, I maintain that it seemed almost like a crime—or at the very least, gauche to the extreme—to have Miley Cyrus on it as well. Again, Miley is many things, but a game changer for the arts is not one of them. Pope Francis, on the other hand? TOTAL game changer.
Anyhoo, there you have it. Carry on!
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Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.