Tuesday, December 17, 2013

THE MAN OF THE YEAR

" Francis signals great
change while 
giving the same 
answers to the 
uncomfortable questions.” 
TIME


It would appear that Time's choice for Person Of The Year has created a stir.

Last week Time declared it was Pope Francis. 

The fascinating, extraordinary, humble and inspirational man is the people's pope. In just ten months the leader of the 1.2 billion strong Roman Catholic Church has restored faith in an iconic institution.

Francis has struck a chord with non-Catholics as well. 

His positions on justice, peace, the poor, the marginalized and the abused. He is a religious leader that can reform the institution of the church and address the issues that have undermined the moral voice of the Vatican. 

I was particularly pleased that he feels that he Church has no right to interfere spiritually in the lives of gays and lesbians. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to Judge?"

As a disillusioned, but practicing Catholic , the hypocritical call for social justice while putting dogma before love created an unfathomable paradox.  

The Knights Of Columbus, an organization that I have been part of for nearly 25 years,  obsession with abortion, contraception and gay marriage has often eclipsed some of the great acts of charity we carry out.

He likes to shake things up, something I respect. He is a sign of hope.

Check out this link for 17 reasons that Pope Francis was the most extraordinary human being of 2013.


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