I’m not surprised to see Pope Francis gracing the cover of Time as its “Person of the Year.” I’m thankful that the editorial staff didn’t heed the opinion of one ThinkProgress blogger to elect instead for Miley Cyrus.
The feature itself is evenhanded for Time. It focuses on the Pope’s efforts to turn the Church into a pastoral institution, rather than a doctrinal one. His mission is to “shift the Holy See’s energies away from demanding long-distance homage and toward ministry to and embrace of the poor, the spiritually broken and the lonely.”
Even managing editor Nancy Gibbs gets it. The Pope leads and rules primarily with his tone and personality, as the Church’s sacred teachings are permanent. The Pope’s words are essential for the Church as: