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Pope Francis named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

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  1. “Changed the perception”? Hmm, perhaps. But under the surface, it’s still the same foul, rancid, hate-filled club for bigots and kiddie-rapists.

  2. Like Sayeeda Warsi, I am still on a journey.

    I won’t believe the RC church has changed its tune on equality until it accepts that everyone is equal and deserving of the same rights. Women, gay people and especially abused children.

    Fine papal words butter no parsnips.

  3. Well they did have Putin in 2007, George Bush in 2004 and again in 2000, Pope John Paul in1994, and the previous George Bush in 1990. So they don’t mind a homophobe as their person of the year – funnily enough, I can’t see any outspoken racists on the list, although there are quite a few anti-semites in the list as well.

    1. You’re right! They don’t mind another homophobe on the list.

  4. This shows how much of a masterful PR man this old bigot is

    He has done nothing. His church continues its vicious persecution of GBLT people around the world – but damn can Frankie throw some spin! A few pretty speeches and people are hailing him as the most wonderful, generous ally ever.

    Of course when it comes to marriage equality, discrimination protections or anything else, his church is there fighting us tooth and nail.

    1. theotherone 13 Dec 2013, 11:55am

      he’s a pr man, nothing else.

  5. Deetsan Lewis 12 Dec 2013, 6:56pm

    ”Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly – young and old, faithful and cynical.”

    Interesting false dichotomy implied there. Either one must be faithful, or one must be cynical? The cheapness of that line is overwhelming.

    The pope remains an anachronism, and although I can’t deny that Frank is doing a far better job than certain predecessors, he’s an irrelevance and a joke and I have no respect for him.

    I don’t know how Time candidates are chosen, but I find the ex-deacon Nancy Gibbs’ comment ridiculous, and I don’t think this is particularly newsworthy. One needs only to glance over the recipients of this ‘award’ to see why.

  6. Michael Stevens 12 Dec 2013, 7:26pm

    “Humanity will not be free until the last king is strangled with the guts of hte last priest.”

    1. That Diderot quote sounds like the plot of a new Dan Brown novel.

  7. Time/Warner has never been a ally of the gay community.

    This will come back and bite them in the future.

  8. This makes me scared :C

  9. It’s Time Magazine’s person of the Year, anyway. Could you expect otherwise?

  10. soapbubblequeen 12 Dec 2013, 10:04pm

    Poppa Jim Bowen is still the head of the most corrupt, hypocritical institution in the world, and they still issue vile statement about the gay community that are directly linked to creating homophobic violence. Look at Brazil for instance. I’d like to throw darts at Poppa – big ones.

  11. Iain Logan 13 Dec 2013, 1:36am

    You gotta be kidding me….

  12. While being anti-gay is not sinful, homophobic acts and intentions might be considered to be so.

    If Time Magazine was running a “Celibate (supposedly) Person of the Year” then surely UK’s Anglican Jeffrey John would win that over Pope Francis

    After the bitter, mean-faced, charisma free Ratzy, they have someone with a cuddlier smiling face who outwardly seems more approachable in Pope Francis… but of the two Pope Ratzy was the truer face of the Catholic church as it was under his leadership and as it presently remains, no substantial change but more positive PR.

    And I agree with pretty much all else that previous folk have written in their comments above.

  13. it’s racist and sexist for the Pope to always be an old white man, the present Pope Francis should be replaced by a female penguin.

    1. …. or a plank of wood.

  14. The Time person of the year isn’t the person who’s done the best things that year…but the person who has the biggest impact on the world that year…good or bad.

  15. “Person of the Year”? But this Francis pope-person is seriously ill! He believes that he can talk to supernatural beings! He utterly believes that you, me, all the animals, and this entire earth was “made” by a supernatural being!

    “Person of the Year”?

    Edward Snowden, in contrast, has shown extraordinary guts, gumption, and principles!

    The “Time Magazine” awards are of no value whatsoever. Ignore “Time Magazine”. Do not buy “Time Magazine”.

    1. de Villiers 14 Dec 2013, 5:29pm

      Eddy – you are well educated to know that your characterisation of religion is overly simplistic and not in any sense in accordance with the Higher Criticism.

  16. Paul Halsall 13 Dec 2013, 5:07pm

    I love this pope

  17. He’s changed the tone, but the content is just the same. He asked ‘who am I to judge?’ and yet judged gays on who they sleep with, who they fall in love with. That’s judging someone if you ask me. He’s happy for gays to be gay, so long as they either live celibate lives, or marry one of the opposite sex.
    Referred to the Catholic Church’s universal Catechism, which states that while being gay is not sinful, homosexual acts are crimes against God.
    So much for a difference, and so much for Time’s ‘man of the year’. A title that apparently doesn’t mean very much. Then again Ted Cruz and Miley Cyrus, appeared on the same list. A pop star freak, and a GOP rep, who managed to shut the US gov’t down costing the nation over 24 billion dollars.

  18. Nancy Price 16 Dec 2013, 3:51pm

    Romans 1:26-28 “Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the MALES likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity. The power of lust can take over a person’s mind and lust invades their thinking.

    1. Hush now.

      1 Timothy 2:12 I do not permit a woman to teach or speak above a man, she must be silent.

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