Pope Francis named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’… but who does Glenn think should have received the honor?

Pope Francis was named Time magazine’s 2013 ‘Person of the Year’ earlier today, beating out the likes of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Miley Cyrus for the title.

Calling him “The People’s Pope,” Time had this to say about the newly elected pontiff:

[W]hat 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 his recent predecessors.

On radio this morning, Glenn found himself questioning the decision. While the election of Pope Francis was met with significant fanfare, and his words and behavior have received tremendous attention, Glenn thought there were stronger candidates for the title.

“Pope Francis has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Huh,” Glenn said. “It makes me nervous about the pope, quite honestly, when the press runs to make him Time magazine’s Man of the Year.”

When Pope Francis was first elected in March, Glenn spoke of how taken he was with Pope Francis’ humility. But like many conservatives and libertarians, Glenn’s primary concern with Pope Francis stemmed from some of the language he has used in the past when discussing the poor and economic inequality. Glenn echoed those same concerns this morning:

I’m a little concerned about who this pope is. I’ve gone back and forth on this. We’ve talked about it. I think most people are a little concerned. If you pay attention to what is really going on, if you know anything about liberation theology, if you know that it came from his part of the world, if you know what a Jesuit is and what they have done to the Catholic church, and you look at this guy, he’s a Jesuit. Now everybody says, you know, are you a good Jesuit or a bad Jesuit? And he is supposedly a good Jesuit.

He seems like a remarkable man. He seems like a man who understands the touch of Christ, if you will, the hand of Christ, how to be good, decent, loving. I love that about him. However, he makes me a little concerned on his Marxist tendencies. We were talking about it in the morning meeting today, and I was saying, ‘Okay, now, let’s just go through this here for just a second. Let’s look at what we have.’

Glenn explained that you must always be weary of someone who is remarkably on point when reading prepared remarks, but starts to reveal more ideologically extreme positions when forced to answer questions off the cuff. In this respect, Glenn likened Pope Francis to President Obama.

“[President Obama’s] prepared remarks are always great, but… when he says something [himself], it is always like, you know, redistribution of wealth. That’s what’s going on with this pope,” Glenn said. “When he is off the cuff, he talks about redistribution of wealth. When he has had someone else prepare a radio address for him, it’s not redistribution of wealth, and it’s clear.”

As an example, Glenn pointed to Francis’ first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” as cause for concern. While the word ‘capitalism’ is not used explicitly in the writing, Francis infers his issues with greed and inequality.

“When he writes something himself – the latest thing that was out was all about how bad capitalism is,” Glenn said. “That’s the first thing that he has penned himself. Hmmm. So who is this guy?”

For these reasons, Glenn does not believe Pope Francis was most deserving of Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ title. Instead, he saw two people in American politics as better choices.

“I think there’s two. I think there’s two, and I would have considered splitting it myself,” Glenn said. “I think you could split it: Ted Cruz and Kathleen Sebelius because if you like one, you hate the other. But those are the two.”

In Glenn’s opinion, Obamacare was the most hot button issue of the year, and Sen. Cruz and HHS Secretary Sebelius were at the forefront of the debate. As Glenn sees, Obamacare is not simply an American issue, it’s implementation and success has global implications:

Those two are going to affect not only your life but every life on the planet… Either [Obamacare is] the greatest thing, and it does fundamentally transform the world in a positive way, if Kathleen Sebelius and the President are right. Or, if Ted Cruz is right, it destroys.

How much money are we going to be sending over to Africa for AIDS? How much cheap medicine are we going to be producing for the rest of the world? We pay high prices, but Americans, you should understand, it’s only because you’re the richest 1% of the world. So of course you’re paying high prices, and the rest of the world is paying lower prices for their prescription drugs. But that’s only because you’re the top 1% of the world. Don’t you like it when people gouge the rich? So those two are going to affect your life, your job, your children, your health, and the health of everyone on the planet.

So why did Time magazine shy way from naming a political figure this year?

“Now maybe Time magazine just didn’t want the controversy, but I don’t buy that at all. They love the controversy. The reason why they didn’t pick Ted Cruz is because they don’t want to give him any more power,” Glenn concluded. “I mean… they did make Hitler and Mussolini the man of the year. Now, Hitler [wasn’t] man of the year in a positive way, but Mussolini [was]. Remember, progressives are fascists… They considered Assad. But I can tell you right now, they may have put Ted Cruz in the little pool to have his name looked at, but nobody seriously considered him… And he’s the guy who’s going to effect our life, your life, much more than anybody else.”

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  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I say one of two people: Ted Cruz, or the millions of silent people who have lost their health care insurance due to Obamacare.

  • landofaahs

    Time wants to push the pope’s socialist agenda. Never mind his part in the dirty wars in Argentina.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    No I have to disagree it should be Marcus Luttrell.

  • Guest

    The Pope is sadly following the gods of the earth instead of the God of the univierse

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, you are wrong–and so is Time Magazine. The real person of the year is Edward Snowden.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    The Pope is sadly following the gods of the earth instead of the God of the universe. Jesus was not and will never be a socialist and I dare you liberals to bring your poof because I will shot it down in a ball of fire. You cannot be for money and Jesus so their for fearing about money wanting the rich peoples money is still worshiping money. I am sorry but it is true.

  • Anonymous

    I gotta go with Ed Snowden. Obamacare was a cluster from the get go as we all knew it would be (at least those of us that can think rationally, unlike the Obamafone crowd). But Ed came out of nowhere and shined a HUGE light on the spying our own government is doing to its own citizens and its allies. Nothing compares to the fallout and crap that has come out of that revelation.

    I guess Time didn’t like him because most Constitutionally-minded Americans, and freedom loving people everywhere, are grateful that Snowden decided to expose the cesspool of corruption and deceit that is the US gov’t, and particularly this regime….

  • Kelly

    Sorry Glenn, but Ted Cruz will not be effecting my life moreso than the Pope.

  • Anonymous

    Ted Cruz deserves it because he is the guy on the front line taking the hits. He is remarkable because of the fact that he is a politician who doesn’t run and hide like many others. Glen Beck’s name should be on the list every year. No one takes more hits than he or deserves more recognition than he for the fight against progressive fascism.

    The new budget compromise is more run and hide from Republicans.

  • Anonymous

    I would have chosen Edward Snowden. This young man was willing to give his life in order to get the truth out to the public. He is a modern day Paul Revere who was literally a man without a country. No matter hat you think of Snowden, he had greater courage than most of us will ever have. Time and history will prove him right if we last long enough as a nation to see it.

  • Anonymous

    I think you can make a case for Edward Snowden. He has woken some people up in silicon valley as to the danger of a progressive fascist government.

  • Anonymous

    He is a traitor. It might be that his intentions were good at first but he is selling out the US. And before you start lecturing me let me tell you that I am not even American and speak ma y languages and fluent in Russian as well.

  • Sanity Chick

    Remember the ancient prophecy that predicted this Pope would be the last Pope?

    And in terms of the Pope’s dialogue thus far, I appreciate his emphasis on humility and on being a servant. That is exactly as Jesus taught. However, there is a double standard in this case, given the immense wealth of the Catholic church. When Pope Francis begins to share the Vatican’s hoarded wealth with the poor, THEN I’ll believe that things have changed….

  • Marie Woodruff

    I vote for Snowden. Without him we may never have known the extent of corruption in our government, especially in this administration.

  • Anonymous

    I was born and raised Roman Catholic and believe the Catholic Church should distribute their own money rather than promote government theft to redistribute money. If you do not give money of your own free will it is government theft and redistribution. The Catholic Church should also accept married priests rather than resort to condoning by coverup homosexual priest.

  • Carolyn Ferrante

    Yes, of course Time Magazine chose Pope Francis. Socialists are in! I, a Catholic, cringed when I heard the news. “Person of the Year” is vague, anyway. I suppose it means the one who caught the eye of the public for any of numerous reasons. And, Time Magazine is not the end all of publications.

  • huy ton

    SAINT MALACHY: “Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the fearsome Judge will judge His people. The End.”

  • Marie Woodruff

    He wants a redistribution of wealth. This is NOT Christian. Remember the Catholic prophesy of St. Malachi that this pope is the false prophet.

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    well said and soooo true

  • Anonymous

    He’s a progressive and the media loves him!!

  • Anonymous

    What about Tiger?? He’s had to get by with just one chick this year….lol

  • Anonymous

    May it be so. May it be now.

  • Anonymous

    And what about Hag Clinton. She’s managed to let all hell break out is almost every country around the world..

  • http://WieberArt.com/wieberart CrazieGracie8

    I did read “Windswept House”. I am not ready to declare that this is so. However, I will tell you the thought has crossed my mind.

  • Davis Aasen

    Gotta disagree with you bud. I am a staunch conservative socially and fiscally. This Pope is a son of the Church, and the Church has spoken strongly against communism and socialism. If you understand the theological basis for his stance, it becomes clear he is not advocating a redistribution of wealth, rather a detachment from worldly goods (like money), so that each person might use there worldly goods to help the poor (thus free from greed). As to your picture, the Pope has snuck out of the Vatican multiple times to help the poor.

  • Jezy Cooke

    Glenn, I understand where you are coming from, but I must say, you are over reacting, Jesuits definition of poverty is not the common of the people, also Jesuits are educated and they believe in hard work, I usually agree with you but not this time.

  • Davis Aasen

    How about 2 Peter 1:20.

  • Davis Aasen

    He has not advocated a government structure and is the Leader of Faith and Morals. Not economics. Plus, I am a staunch conservative in every way, and I have zero problem with what he has actually said, not what the media has portrayed him has saying.

  • Ryan DellaCrosse

    I am a social conservative and realize that there are many people in our world that need assistance an have chosen to assist programs financially to better their situation. What is wrong with that? You are reading this the wrong way. Through an American lens who is in a country that has an awful president that wants to take away the dignity of the person in a socialist economy. The Church has defied this for years. The Church teaches there is dignity in work. The same dignity you speak of in your organization as being fulfilling and a necessity to economic growth and a solid workforce. Charity is much different. It opens us to God in the other and allows Grace to come to us through sacrifice (Latin meaning to make Holy). I’d love to see you back up your comment about Liberation Theology with something substantial. This is a pitiful post that generalizes both the Gospel and Pope Francis with little or no understanding of the Faith.

  • Any One But Obama

    How is Feeding the needy and helping poor people not Christian? I remember reading in the Bible that Jesus feed the needy and clothed the homeless… I’m not a fan of redistribution of wealth at all but I’m pretty sure this is a contradiction. I’m a Conservative for life, but our party is going to lose every election in the near future if we don’t start changing our way of thinking.

  • Anonymous

    If you were an American, then you’d know that he was defending the Constitution from enemies foreign and Domestic, which makes him the exact opposite of a traitor.

  • MJR444

    Wary. Affect. A copy editor is badly needed here.

  • Davis Aasen

    Except for he delivered a Homily a couple weeks ago denouncing progressiveness, the church has denounced communism, and the only reason he doesn’t beat the drums of war on social issues at all times is because people should understand the there is no way the Church will ever change its stance on these things. It is much more important to deliver the Saving Gospel Truth.

  • Sanity Chick

    Yes – that prophesy is fascinating. This current Pope is Pope #112.
    Of this Pope, Malachy writes “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Petrus Romanus (Peter the Roman), who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The end.”

  • Anonymous

    “It is harder for a rich man to get to heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.” Pretty sure I remember learning that one.

    Want more?

    “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. Give unto God what is God’s.”

    Looks like Christ was pretty OK with taxes. He was, famously, very anti-banker in the scene in the temple.

    P.S… I’m not “liberal” I’m a conservative pragmatist. And sometimes, the “no taxes are good taxes” way isn’t very pragmatic.

    As for the question of Man of the Year: I have no problem with the Pope, but Snowden had a stronger case. Cruz? Please.

  • Elizabeth Honce

    The word “capitalism” is never mentioned in Gaudium Evangelii (Joy of theGospel). He does not support liberation theology.

  • Davis Aasen

    2 Peter 1:20

  • http://wasteyourtime.mtgames.org/ Scaevola

    The Pope is echoing the social teaching of the Church–Leo XIII, JPII and Benedict XVI all wrote on economics with essentially the same message. Read Rerum Novarum, Centensiumus Annus, or Caritas in Veritate.

  • Anonymous

    Time is a radical news outlet, not worth my time!

  • bumpkin

    Oh, he IS NOT. Your comment causes me to see an ugly picture, and I feel I must paint it for you, since its yours. “…selling out the U.S. looks like this big, strong person, mostly clean and strong, but with rot all around the edges, especially on his hands and fingers. These areas are, if you were to look at them as cells under the microscope, made up of politician cells, big-business-liars, (not the honest mega-corp people, just the liars in their corporations) thieves, murderers, sexually deviates, child pornographers, whores, drug pushers and dealers, etc. They are the black rot, which is strongly showing around the mouth, hands, arms and feet and in the brain of this otherwise brilliant man Mr. U.S.A. THOSE cells are blackened by advanced gangrene, they stink, and they are a small part of his overall body. Yet, they think, touch, move the ENTIRE body of Sir USA. We cells dont want, like, or need that rot upon us. Now, when you say Snowden is “selling out the U.S., all he is merely doing is trying to amputate just the gangrenous parts of Sir USA, because IF HE DOESN’T, THE ENTIRE BODY WILL DIE! So, those gangrenous cells are screaming “You’re killing us!” You have NO right! You are a traitor! You’re EVIL! (hey, the surgeons get that ALL the time in the or from gangrenous cells). They amputate anyway, and the patient lives, although he will have scars forever to remind him. So, Gangrene screams bloody murder, then decides to attack the surgeon, in this case, Mr. Snowden. Gangrene’s very life depends upon it. ataeb, Is there a REASON you identify yourself with the Gangrene of the USA? I do NOT! Three cheers for the surgeon! Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah, -because I want to LIVE. I don’t want to dissolve into that gross primordial gangrenous soup underground, where the slime of the Earth lives, waiting to attack another clean, beautiful body. I am NOT part of the gangrenous slime, but I AM part of the USA. I want us to glow with life, to SHINE with cleanliness, great health, etc, but so long as you parrot the words of gangrene, you will keep the gangrene alive and growing.

  • Joshua Middendorf

    “Redistribution of wealth” is great if it is Not forced. AKA not by the government. If it is through the church or non for profit or organizations to help the poor, the widowed, and the sick it is a beautiful thing.

  • A.

    Hey, Glenn, I just think you should read Pope Francis’ words themselves before making your decision on him. I at first thought like you did (Argentina = socialist) when I heard about his anti-capitalist remarks and he really does not sound that different from you! He complains not about capitalism (he says economic growth is a necessity) but about our obsession with greed and our moral fallibility. Remember, Adam Smith’s belief in the invisible hand was predicated on his “Theory of Moral Sentiments”–without morality, capitalism doesn’t work. I think the Pope’s point is that capitalism won’t work if everybody is willing to hurt others to make themselves rich. You’ve said as much yourself when you said we can’t shrink government unless we as individuals pick up the slack and help our neighbors voluntarily. Do I think Pope Francis is as much a believer in free markets as Glenn and most conservatives? Probably not. But I find it hard to believe that any man who gives a speech against progressivism and calls it the work of the devil is really a closet socialist. I say give him a chance–the Left wants to believe he is a progressive, but I think they will find when all is said and done that they are deceiving themselves.

  • William Henry Bowen

    Glenn, you brought up a VERY important issue in your remarks regarding Obamacare. I’ll bet no 1 person in 100 understands how much of what we American pay for health care is actually going to subsidize the failed socialist medical systems around the world (even right next door in Canada).

    One example (and I cannot divulge the name of the company involved): a drug company in the U.S. was told by the Canadian goverrnment that if they did not sell all the drugs in their formulary at the lowball prices that Canada demanded that, in retaliation, Canada would void ALL the company’s patents in Canada and permit the generic manufacturers to make the drugs with no payment at all to the American company that held the patents (and that had done all the work to make the drugs available).

    Well, as you can imagine, the drug company caved in. What they are receiving for payment just barely covers the cost of production, packaging, etc., but covers NONE of the billions this company invested in the R&D to bring these drugs to market. Guess who eats those cost? Yep, you guessed it – American consumers. Various EU governments have done this same stunt. Now what do you think is going to happen in the future when the drug companies get hit with the squeeze play from BOTH ends?

    As Maggie Thatcher once said “The problem with socialism is that eventually it runs out of other people’s money”.

  • Correct Principles

    What about Willie from Duck Dynasty? He’s probably effected more Americans than all 3 of these people put together honestly.

  • Adam Jackson

    Agreed Edward Snowden

  • Anonymous

    I wished, he could had gone to some people in this country instead of to America’s enemies, but maybe he could not trust anyone to do the right thing, to expose all those who were involved in this spying drama.

  • Jonathan

    The Catholic church has amassed rich properties throughout the entire world by falsely promising the donators a free passage to HEAVEN in exchange. The acquisition of real estate property by the church not done in accordance with existing real estate Laws.

    We also know that the Pope and his Bishops faced the other way while pedophile Priests sexually abused young children for centuries.
    Perhaps that is why he was chosen Man of the year?

  • Guest

    If you were an American, then you’d know that he was defending the Constitution from enemies foreign and Domestic.

  • Mike Nelson

    The word “socialist” does not appear in the US Constitution, and 0bama certainly fits that description.

    Catholics need to wake up and see what’s happening, rather than circle the wagons – again. The Vatican is a political entity, and has no more closer connection to God and the Hereafter, than does any other politician, and the case could, in fact, be made that it/they are far dirtier than most.

  • Anonymous

    Time magazine is so irrelevant.

  • deemilio

    Despite the fact that he said something about capitalism, he cannot be the darling of the left because they hate everything he stands for: He is staunchly religious and believes in Jesus Christ. He is pro life and he abhors gay marriage. I think it is amusing that the left is willing to overlook all the things they hate just because he made a statement with which, they thought they could bash Catholics. They don’t really like this man. They hate religion. They hate the Catholic church. The Vatican has put out an explanation of his statement, but it is too late for Time to change their mind. I find it amusing that they picked someone, who is opposed to everything they love.

  • Carol Cullen

    gee and all i thought was “Thank God, someone recognized a christian man who walks in the path of Christ” what an idiot I am……

  • Fat Lip

    Good for him , TIME great napping material i’ll get one out of a dumpster .

  • darleneell@hotmail.com

    Paul Revere rode the countryside shouting, “the British are coming.” He was not the man without a country. That was Benedict Arnold.

  • Anonymous

    You hit the nail on the head about the Pope, Glenn.

  • Matt Brown

    Good Job, Glenn. You’ve now alienated all of your Catholic listeners with such ignorant comments. Shame on you.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Explain where he stands for me then because I heard him spoke out against capitalism and also progressiveism. I admit a little confusing to me.

  • Fat Lip

    Seek ye first .

  • Mike Nelson

    Give unto Caesar…” was not about taxes, per se, it was about making one’s primary focus something meaningful to the soul, and used taxes (as the then-current example) to make the point.

    Giving money to others who assign no value to the individual, the soul, or any aspect of Faith (other than to manipulate others), most especially when that entity inhabits a largely anti-Faith position in its implementation of policies that will cause others to stray from the inclusive, godly, message (as the US gov’t does with impunity), is not a godly act.

    As a pragmatist, I hope that you were, in this post, taking a position of devil’s advocate; it’s a good argument in that context, if used to cause others to think about why what is, IS… but it’s not a correct interpretation in context. Advocation of taxation in this manner, if that is your aim, appears evident that you are fooling yourself, or attempting to fool others.

    I do agree with your evaluation of Snowden being the stronger case for PotY.

  • Matt Brown

    Good for you, Glenn. You just alienated all of your Catholic listeners with your ignorant comments. Shame on you.

  • Fat Lip

    Matthew 6:24 sums it up very well

  • Jonathan

    The “Holy Roman Catholic Inquisition” began in Argentina – by a Roman Catholic Jesuit Bishop – where the church burned their feet and mercilessly stretched the bodies of non Catholics unless they believed in the Catholic church’s Saints and converted to Roman Catholics.
    A very effective method, at that time – the torture chambers are still there and in Mexico!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    You are about as Conservative as Obama and sadly not fooling anyone. You see you missed his point like good little liberals always do.

    “If, as we read our Bibles, we heard Jesus speaking to us in this way to-day we should probably try to argue ourselves out of it like this: “It is true that the demand of Jesus is definite enough, but I have to remember that he never expects us to take his commands legalistically. What he really wants me to have is faith. But my faith is not necessarily tied up with riches or poverty or anything of the kind. We may be both poor and rich in the spirit. It is not important that I should have no possessions, but if I do I must keep them as though I had them not, in other words I must cultivate a spirit of inward detachment, so that my heart is not in my possessions.” Jesus may have said: “Sell thy goods,” but he meant: “Do not let it be a matter of consequence to you that you have outward prosperity; rather keep your goods quietly, having them as if you had them not. Let not your heart be in your goods.”—We are excusing ourselves from single-minded obedience to the word of Jesus on the pretext of legalism and a supposed preference for an obedience “in faith.” The difference between ourselves and the rich young man is that he was not allowed to solace his regrets by saying: “Never mind what Jesus says, I can still hold on to my riches, but in a spirit of inner detachment. Despite my inadequacy I can take comfort in the thought that God has forgiven me my sins and can have fellowship with Christ in faith.” But no, he went away sorrowful. Because he would not obey, he could not believe. In this the young man was quite honest. He went away from Jesus and indeed this honesty had more promise than any apparent communion with Jesus based on disobedience.”

    Bonhoeffer

  • Anonymous

    Time Man of the year don’t mean squat,nada ,niedz,nothing.

  • Anonymous

    The real goal of Christianity and democracy is redistribution of wealth by individual choice, which is what Pope Franics was speaking about. He was not speaking of government forced redistribution of the wealth. We have a duty to help our less fortunate neighbor.

  • Anonymous

    He spoke out against unbridled worship of the almost dollar, not against “capitalism.” If people think you can’t have capitalism without some kind of social responsibility, this country, and the conservative movement, are already lost to history.

  • Jonathan

    YAHWEH-GOD-JEHOVA – is a ferocious God – a God that does not abide by his own rules!

  • Anonymous

    Oh no, I am not conservative enough for you. You compared me to Obama? Oh no what an insult.

    Can you even debate on your own? Or do you just resort to insults the Tea Party way. Not that I need to defend myself, but I have never voted for a Democrat for national office (although if Ted Cruz runs I might consider it), I am against the ACA (but I think holding our national fiscal wellbeing hostage and shutting down the government is a ridiculously self destructive way to govern and shows zero leadership).

    I do, however, have zero tolerance for people that say any tax i ridiculous, that any and all welfare programs are for only lazy people and that guns can be owned without any regulation whatsoever (when “regulated” is the third damned word in the 2nd amendment). UGH.

    In short, I think for myself and no one (not even you) can insult me into an intellectually vapid way of thinking so that I am ideologically “pure” in your eyes. If it isn’t abundantly clear, neither political party in this country has all the answers. No, not even the Tea Party.

    I have no tolerance for Tea Party psychophants who think that Jesus would have honestly thought guns were good and that the government has no responsibility to make sure that the poorest among us are taken care of. Do you REALLY think Jesus would be a Republican today? I mean REALLY? Do you REALLY think he would see his message of love and forgiveness and inclusion for ALL PEOPLE in the platform of either party? UGH

    If you make money, yes, you have a responsibility to make sure you are using your wealth to help those that need it. That was the message the Pope was going for. Not that capitalism is evil, but that greed and that unbridled seeking of wealth are spiritually bankrupt ways to live.

  • Anonymous

    I was… I was also baiting the intellectually vacant response of “you’re as conservative as Obama.” I was not disappointed.

    I do not expect my government to act in a “Godly” way. I save that for individuals. Government is, and must be, a secular exercise predicated on the material and physical well being of its people. Not the spiritual. Government is not a spiritual institution, nor can it or should it be. Else we are just another version of a theocracy.

    Debating the proper amount to tax wealth is a proper and fitting debate. Saying that all that receive some sort of government assistance are lazy is not, because it is factually incorrect (of course there is abuse, and it must be rooted out).

    But again, the Pope was saying that with wealth comes responsibility. There is a gigantic income gap in this country. Too much. And that, as much as the crushing national debt, are very serious problems. You cannot talk about one without talking about the other. The Middle Class is dying. And that is the death bell of our nation.

  • Anonymous

    He never said he wanted a “redistribution of wealth.” He said that income inequalities were growing too disparate for society to sustain them. And he is right. The gap is disgracefully big. He never said taxation was the answer, but he did say, and correctly, that the unbridled search for wealth, without accompanying social responsibility, was not in the interest of humanity and was in opposition to living in the spirit of Christ.

  • Jonathan

    Revelations chapter 7 verse 12 says; Wisdom and money is a defense, but the excellence of “knowledge” is that wisdom gives more life to those that have it.
    Ecclesiestes chapter 10 verse 19 says; A feast is made for laughter, wine to make merry, but Money is the answer to all things.

  • Anonymous

    Besides the inequality talk of the Pope, the fact he’s so widely accepted by the world causes me concern as a Christian.

    “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its
    own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you
    out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”

  • russellmuscle1

    I like it. I’m happy they picked the pope. You all would be happy too if you knew who the runner ups were. Keep in mind, the title means that you had major impact in the world. ……not necessarily a good one.

  • Anonymous

    I’d say that making pope Francis the man of the year is a little early. The man, besides some speeches, has not impacted many globally. A courageous guy like Snowden is far more deserving of this honor than the pope. He has opened peoples’ eyes globally and exposed the corrupt government in the USA. Calling him a traitor because he exposed the truth is like crucifying him alive. As for Ted Cruz, absolutely NOT the man of the year.

  • Jim

    Gotta agree. The exposure of the NSA was scary to the average thinking man, especially after the IRS exposure, etc., and that is what makes his efforts heroic rather than traitorous. Now we see a new strong arm added to POTUS staff. Wanna bet he didn’t ASK for help?

  • bumpkin

    EXACTLY, SAM! TEACH a man to fish, not how to grab a welfare card then stand in line for the rest of his life.

  • Crassus

    Actually, Benedict Arnold emigrated to Canada after the Revolutionary War and stayed there the remainder of his life.

  • Crassus

    The latter is who I would choose. Great idea.

  • bumpkin

    OK, What about Barry? He’s caused the BIGGEST splash in the black pool of hell of all of them. That is certainly noteworthy. Caused a tsunami of misery across the Earth. What a splash! Threw hellfire up into the air for MILES, so high that it will rain down on many heads for uncountable years to come! – –Oh, wait. Is the Man of the Year supposed to only go to GOOD people? Oh, OK. DISQUALIFIED, Barry! Step aside. How about we give a title to the Media outlet of the year??? THE BLAZE! The Blaze! THE BLAZE! WINNERSSSSS! Woo-woo! Who would YOU give the Media outlet of the year to? OR., am I speaking to the Choir? OK. How about RUNNER-UP for the Media Outlet of the Year?

  • Jaamoose

    That Beck, or anyone else, would suggest Cruz – that highlights the myopic vision of the far right in America. He is of no consequence outside of their bubble.

  • HisAbode

    Speaking as a former catholic and now a born again, blood-washed believer, if anyone thinks that the position of the pope is not political, better think again. Religion has always colluded with rulers and statesmen from the crucifixion of Jesus, to the monarchs of middle ages who were controlled by the popes (i.e. the Borgias, etc), until present day. Times may change, but human nature does not.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    You where defending the idea of socialism which is so far from conservationism that in might as well be in another universe. I mean really all you had to say was the last part of your rant to prove your point. Which if that was what the Pope was trying to get at I could not agree more with what he was saying. Chill out socialist.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I don’t believe it is the governments job to tell others what to do with their money like you socialist do.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I don’t know about some of his followers some are being down right rude but I guess people don’t like it when you shine light on idols and make them look less prefect than they believe.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I am not a Roman Catholic and to me that is some good ideas.

  • Anonymous

    Luckily they didn’t pick Miley Cyrus. How about my PM Stephen Harper who stands up for Israel and human rights in the world. Yesterday he strongly criticized the government of the Ukraine for its treatment of protesters and the opposition party. Not a word from Obama so far.

  • Anonymous

    I resent the fact that Glenn compares the Pope to Obama. First of all, Glenn Beck is comparing apples with oranges. The pope is a man of God and is trying to live and spread the word of God. His concern is helping those in need and spreading the love of Christ–not capitalism, socialism, or any form of government politics. He is a simple man trying to live and love all the people of God, especially those in deepest need and all sinners.
    Obama is a conceited, money grabbing, smooth talker looking out for himself. He is a typical politician who talks a good talk, but is deceitful behind the American publics back. He hasn’t done one good thing to help the poor, except handouts–no education, no pep talk to get the poor to make change in their lives. He doesn’t even speak of getting God into people’s lives.

  • fire lion

    The people who hate the pope for what he said against capitalism are the people who worship mammon and call him God.

  • SoitDroitFait

    Firstly, the Pope is the word of God on earth. The successor of St. Peter. Supposedly, his election is through divine inspiration, not worldly politics. So, whether you agree or disagree with the Pope, it’s kind of bothersome to me when people focus on him as a man, rather than as an idea.
    Secondly, Obamacare doesn’t mean jack for the rest of the world. The rest of the developed world is already waaay passed Obamacare, and has been for decades.

  • Passionatly Catholic

    What is the largest charitable organization in the world???? The Catholic Church does more for the poor then ANY other govt/organization. Fact.

  • Mike Nelson

    I know just what you mean… it’s kind of bothersome to me that people focus on Hitler as a man, and on his deeds and acts, rather than on the idea of having a strong and undivided nation.

    /satire

  • David DesRochers

    I have to say the Pope is a perfect choice. Sometimes we get all wrapped in politics. We think we are the center of the universe or at least our problems are. I think Glenn, you have fallen into this. You need to step back and remember that God should and always will be the center and everything else pails in comparison. Pope Francis has taken the world by storm and is God’s representative to the Earth. You should praise the fact that he is bring the focus back to God and away from man. I believe that a communion with God is the ultimate form of existance and I await that in Heaven. Yes, that is impossible on Earth as is that perfect form of socialism. The best thing for human beings is capitalism becaue we see the good it can create. We see the quality of life it can create. We see the helping hand it can be to others. I’m ok with a Pope who reminds us that we are all equal in the eyes of God and that we should have some form of social justice. I’m ok with the Church leaders talking about social justice. I’m NOT ok with it being forced on us by government. It needs to be something that people WANT to do, not forced with a gun at our heads to do. Let the Pope talk about it and blieve that he is not trying to force some utopian socialist society on us. Just a kinder and giving form of capitalism where we give back and help our fellow man.

  • Anonymous

    Snowden is going to go down in history as one of the people who saved this country, if we are to be saved. Someone who helped wake people up, in the genre of a Thomas Paine.

  • Pat Wright

    Miley Cyrus tried so hard. She must be really pissed.

  • Anonymous

    Almost 50% of the country take some form of government handouts and that number is growing. If we do not reform that we have lost our country and we will be a socialist country. There is a difference between helping a man up and keeping him down through dependance on government. Teach a man to be responsible for his own self and he learns self respect, respect for others, and that is a foundation for spiritual growth.

  • Bridget Bludau-Wanninger

    Pope Francis is trying to change the apostolic mission of the church from saving souls to one of humanism. Humanism is a secular belief system that humans are the center of everything; in contrast Christianity believes that Christ is the center of everything. Jesus Christ last mandate is to go out to the whole world and preach the Gospel and Baptize all those who repent of their sins and profess Him to be God and Savior. Pope Francis declare proselytizing as solemn nonsense in a recent interview. Pope Francis seems to believe that all people need to do to go to Heaven is follow their own moral conscience and do good to each other; but no need to speak of Jesus and the Good News of His salvation. In Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation, he even deliberately reverses the two greatest commandments. He places the second one as the primary one and says that human love of other humans is the greatest commandment. This is not an accident by some rank amateur. Almost any Christian can tell you that Jesus said the greatest commandment was to love God with your whole being. Pope Francis is always manipulating the scriptures to promote his “Liberation Theology” which is really Marxist humanism cloaked in religious language. “Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.” Luke 6:26

  • Anonymous

    Blang, that was my take on the translation I read. The Bible advocates hardwork and success, but not for its own sake but for the good you can do with it, like take good care of your family, and bring joy into people’s lives. I actually thought Glenn and Rush were wrong about the Pope. Disagreeing alot with Glenn lately…he couldn’t be more wrong about Mandela.

  • Anonymous

    The gap has never been bigger than under the liar Obama’s redistribution plan.

  • Wildshot

    Paul Revere nor Benedict Arnold was the Man without a Country. That was a fictional character in a short story written by Edward Everett Hale.

  • Anonymous

    When the Vatican starts to share their wealth, hell will have indeed frozen over and you can start looking for the Second Coming…..Pardon the pun.

  • Anonymous

    Catholic teaching is Catholic teaching. No pope can change the teachings of the Church on doctrine. Catholicism has always taught that social justice where control of the good for the people is in the hands of government is wrong. It has also taught thar individuals have a moral obligation to care for each other. Capitalism is ,by itself good but capitalism, when it exploits the individual by treating the worker unfairly is wrong. We have seen extreme behavior on both workers and employers actions and need to correct or rethink their behavior. Pope Francis is reaching out to Catholics to instill in all the teachings of the Church. He has even reached out through tout the world to poll Catholics to see if Catholics understand their faith. Let’s give this man a chance to see where he stands before we put accolades or condemnations upon him. He has not changed Catholic teaching nor had he embraced social justice in the socialistic sense of the word. The progressives are hoping for this but Catholic teaching is universal and not about to change to fit an agenda.

  • Justin Schneider

    Pope Francis does not have socialist tendencies. You have to understand the whole document and context that he’s talking in.
    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/the-economic-message-of-pope-francis-evangelii-gaudium/

  • defiant1

    I am afraid you are right, there is no one in this govt to trust. I worked in the HHS for 34 yrs, and it is corrupt and fraudulant. So I do no trust anyone in this govt.

  • Jeff Pringle

    Exactly.

  • SoitDroitFait

    That’s just it though. If you subscribe to Catholic doctrine, the Pope isn’t really a man. He’s the Word of God. It’s a divine office, not a worldly one. I’ve got to hand it to you though; you’re very efficient in utilizing Godwin’s law.

  • Suzanne Hogan

    Davis..I couldn’t have expressed it any better. He is “appealing” to “individuals” not imposing a mandate. The image he is creating is healing wounds and bringing a resurgence to the Catholic community, especially those who have fallen away. As a Tea Party adherent I reject the “Social Justice” mantra of the Secular Progressive movement and actually find their embrace of him to be humorous as they seem to believe he is in lock step with the administration. As someone who has benefitted by 8 years of Jesuit education I understand their maverick stances and accept it for the imagery not the reality.

  • Anonymous

    The popes have always condemned socialism and communism. When he said “redistribution of wealth”, he’s not talking about forced governmental redistribution because that’s not charity. He’s talking about real, from the heart, charity. You can’t be a marxist and also a catholic. It’s not possible.

  • Anonymous

    What he meant by “redistribution of wealth” is giving your excess to the poor. Charity. That is Christian.

  • Anonymous

    If you don’t believe Catholicism is the one true Church, why would you believe this?

  • Anonymous

    amassed rich properties? Why is every single catholic church in debt?

  • Anonymous

    That’s why you’re not in charge.

  • Anonymous

    You don’t even know why Catholic priests are celibate do you?

  • Anonymous

    Usually it was because, if they didn’t convert, the state/government killed them, because heresy was a state crime. Convert or die (at the hands of the state).

  • Anonymous

    Argument based on nothing at all. Definitely not catholic teaching.

  • Anonymous

    You’ll believe that but you won’t believe Fatima, Lourdes, or Guadalupe?

  • Anonymous

    Yea, it pretty much shows Glenn’s ignorance, unfortunately.

  • Anonymous

    In Persona Christi

  • Anonymous

    The whole purpose of the office was to be a political one. Go read Matthew 16 and Isaiah 22. The whole purpose of that office is for management of the kingdom and leading the flock. Same with the Israelite kingdom. What did you think it was for??

  • Anonymous

    So Who is this Pope? Who is this Obama, this Holder, this Hillary, this Kerry? Illusions all. http://youtu.be/GkYcGExumKs

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    A married man is required to put his family first and a priest is required to put his congregation first. Nevertheless that is only a consideration. There is nothing to stop him from taking care of both duties as is done in other religions.
    Homosexuality in the Catholic Church is not new. My father became aware of it when he was young and he was a WWII vet. His parents generation were not aware of such activity so it might not have been going on when they were young. It didn’t affect me growing up but I lost respect for the church when I found out the extent of the covered up. It is no coincidence that Catholics came out in big numbers for the socialist Obama either.

  • Rhonda Dugger

    I think Billy Graham should have been person of the year. He has impacted many lives, from Presidents and many political leaders as well as America. He has shown his true dedication and commitment to America and beyond. There is no one I know who has had such a positive impact on America.

  • Nibiri Imperium

    Not sure, but there is something about the Pope I just can’t put my finger on. The more I see people fawn over him, and hear them declare his greatness just doesn’t sit well with me. I guess it’s because we’re entering that time where we the believer’s MUST be on guard at all times. I’m beginning to feel like if there was one man in the world right now that could unite the people under a one world religion this would be the man. Even the Muslims like him. He has everyone so entranced it’s scary.

  • Anonymous

    this pope Francis is a NWO imposter/ insert. The NSA is the all seeing eye realized. The next surveillance satellite they launch has a logo on it that displays a octopus with it’s tentacles around the globe saying “There is nothing beyond our reach”.
    The Bible had it right, There will be nowhere to hide in the end.

  • Anonymous

    Pope Francis excommunicated a priest for making progressive comments yet none of the hundreds of clergy who sexually abused children have been excommunicated.
    he has let all the victis down.
    The hero is some one like Ed Snowden or Ted Cruz who didn’t shake hands with Brother Castro a really evil person..

  • Anonymous

    The traitors cover stuff up.
    Snowden is a hero.

  • Anonymous

    The World is under the Masonic influence. The Catholic church is no exception. The NWO is now realizing the long time goal of the masonic/demonic orders. Vatican II and it’s liberal ideology catering to man’s desires instead of spiritual strength, slowly destroyed Christ church as planned and executed by masons infiltration and influence in the catholic church. Pope Francis is no different than Obama, just a different gear in the demonic machine of Satan. The NSA, is now launching the holy grail satellite. It’s logo…..A octopus with it’s tentacles gripping the planet, and below it reads “There is nothing beyond our reach”, Ergo the longtime goal of the Masons, the All seeing eye has been realized. The bible prophecy is fulfilled, In the last days there will be no place to hide.

  • Anonymous

    I believe that the government should only cover what it was meant to cover. I hope that the Pope is talking about the each of us sharing regularly and even more when a special cause is before us. This is what it is all about. We are a generous people, no one is more giving then the United States. When we give, we receive, even if it is in the satisfaction of helping others. No one should go hungry, no one should be cold or be deprived of necessities. Redistribution of wealth should be accomplished on an individual basis as we can afford and as we look within our hearts, not by our government.

  • Anonymous

    Is that why he allows the Tango to be performed on the altar

  • Anonymous

    I am no defender of Time Magazine and its editorial board, but the tradition of Man (now Person) of the Year is not the best person but the most influential (for good or bad). Some have wondered why Miley Cyrus was in contention – but given the state of attention to important matters in the “uninformed” in this country she could have been most influential. Try a survey of the citizenry and ask the names – most wouldn’t know Snowden, most wouldn’t be able to name the Pope – and some might have a problem with the President’s name.

    The Time criterion has been corrupted over time – Hitler was the most “influential” for evil in his year, but had they taken a public survey at the time there would have been many who didn’t know the name. These days the choice is often for celebrity, at least this year it was a reasonable choice. The Pope has influence over a significant portion of the people, even if a minority on the whole. I concur with Glenn as to his teachings, but the unworldly view of life is not uncommon to Popes.

    But it really is a tempest in a teapot, who cares what Time thinks. There was a day when they had influence and a balanced journallism, even a bit to the right in the old days. I’m a bit older than you all, I remember when Newsweek was to the right of Time and Time was in the center. Newsweek turned left first, then Time drifted that way. Take note, Newsweek went out of business first, and now Time is on the way out.

  • Anonymous

    Of course Time is hardly a credible source

  • Andrea Varsi

    Spot on.

  • Andrea Varsi

    Glen, clearly you do not understand what Pope Francis is saying, you are putting your extreme spin on this. You are so detached from reality if you believe the Pope is a Marxist, Socialist, or Communist. Open your mind and learn about the Catholic religion. You will have lost me as a fan if you continue to be so misguided.

  • Mary

    No one can save this country but God.

  • TheShockster

    And the church is way past the idea of the pope. sorta like since Jesus.
    Tearing of temple veil ring a bell? no need for an earthly intercessor
    between God and man anymore? Actually the Bible is the Word of God on
    earth, not any man.

  • TheShockster

    Baptist here…this wannabe pope is a heretic and is nothing compared to the likes of Pope John Paul II or Mother Theresa…psss she was a outspoken pro capatilist.

  • TheShockster

    not a traitor but a somewhat misguided patriot. did much of what he said need to come out? yes, but he didn’t have to directly threaten our national security by taking classified software into enemy territory with him.

  • Stephen Kuehner

    “When he writes something himself – the latest thing that was out was all about how bad capitalism is,” Glenn said. “That’s the first thing that he has penned himself. Hmmm. So who is this guy?”

    That’s not even close to being true. Here, Beck is referring to 2 relatively short sections in the apostolic exhortation. That’s 2 out of 288, many of which are much longer. Glenn probably should have read the whole document before he stuck his foot in his mouth.

  • http://www.mosquitonet.com/~prewett/ John Prewett

    Revelation 17&18. 2 a T

  • Anonymous

    I am not Catholic, so I don’t approve of a Pope to tell me how to live, what to say or do. I am, however, a Christian and live by my Bible – God’s word. Another slap in the face of the American people. There are enough Americans here to have chosen a face for Time Magazine. But there again, I don’t read that either.

  • Anonymous

    Catholicism isn’t based on the ideology of the political right or left in America. I think Pope Francis is the perfect choice. As I recall, Jesus said that the poor man has an easier time getting into heaven than the rich man because being rich (having money) comes w/a lot of responsibility towards the greater community. Not all business owners are great and wonderful people to work for. There’s a myth in the Republican community that business owners somehow can do no wrong because they are providing jobs and helping people make money. I just don’t have a lot of compassion for the people who knowingly sold people bad mortgages that they couldn’t afford and created shady investments (even though they were considered AAA investments). That’s not treating people well and respecting their dignity – and that’s exactly the type of Capitalist that the Pope is addressing. It’s not the business owner who tries to do right by the community and their people by providing them with a good wage they can live on. Treating people well is a huge part of what it means to be a Christian. We aren’t supposed to just give lip service to treating people well.

  • Anonymous

    True enough, God will get it done, if its His will. But don’t discount that He may do it by working through common people like Snowden, who may not even be aware of why he was moved to do what he did.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry, Glenn. Capitalists have the country by the balls and they’re not about to let go. Look at how the criminals on Wall Street are still doing better than ever.

  • Michael Superczynski

    Actually, a Pope CAN change Catholic Doctrine. And he will never be wrong. Remember, the Pope is a human and thus fallible; as the Vicar of Christ on Earth, he is infallible in affairs of church doctrine.

  • Anonymous

    My POY would be the phony signer at Mandela’s funeral. LOVE that guy!

  • Anonymous

    His name was Philip Nolan.

  • Christopher Kanas

    ……The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.

  • Christopher Kanas

    …..The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast.

  • Fat Lip

    Just like a rock concert isn’t it sing a happy song show the devil sign and leave that concert just a bit more empty than you were when you sat down as the show begins the idol’s show the masses there lie .

  • Anonymous

    THANK YOU….YOU ANSWERED CORRECTLY..HOPE ALL ReAD YOUR COMMENTS SO THEY WILL UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH ABOUT POPE FRANCIS.

  • Sharon

    Pope Francis did not speak out against capitalism as most people have said, it is the materialism of capitalism and the greed that he’s spoken out against.

  • Memphis Viking

    Jesus said a rich man has a hard time getting into heaven because rich people have a tendency to love money more than anything else. Republicans don’t think business owners can do no wrong, we just have to spend an inordinate amount of time defending them from Democrats who think that people who want a profit can do no right.

  • mkucher99

    sounds like the truth hurts there, ataebbeee. If there were anoth 100 Snowdens that had the balss to uncover the sickness that pervades this corrupt excuse for a government, people would be in the streets as we speak…… You need a history lesson!!

  • Steve Bort

    Glenn, for all the good you do, your personal (like David Barton) anti-Catholic (aside from your anti-Ron Paul) veins are bulging. “As we [TheBlaze] noted back in March, while it is true that poverty is close to Francis’ heart, there’s no indication that he’s a socialist and it’s on record that he combated liberation theology as a result of its Marxist roots.” [http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/16/pope-francis-blasts-cult-of-money-that-harms-the-poor-money-has-to-serve-not-to-rule/] From the above Blaze article, even your own people recognize that Pope Francis is not a socialist. Please also see the following from The Acton Institute: http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2013/03/20/pope-francis-man-left

  • Anonymous

    Last I looked the USSR was dead. While Russia may be a rival they are in no way an enemy.

  • Anonymous

    No, he went to London.

  • Anonymous

    Who is she?

  • Anonymous

    Cruz would be like Obama getting the Peace Prize; wait until he has done something worthy rather than just who he is.

  • Anonymous

    The power to tax is the power to destroy. Tax the Middle Class because that’s where the wealth is and you destroy the investment potential of the economy. Tax commerce and you destroy commerce. Equalize outcomes and we’re all poor.
    When the people we elect become corrupt we should indict them or hang them (or both).

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Really? playing stupid? Is that the game now. Well way to go disrespecting the Navy SEALS.

  • russellmuscle1

    Very well said Memphis.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Name one that has said that.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Why would I want to be in charge?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Someone explained it to me so I get it.

  • dolly

    Didn’t TIME conside O B L at one time? Or was that Newsweek?

  • Memphis Viking

    The Pope is NOT God’s representative on Earth. All Christians are God’s representatives on Earth.

  • Memphis Viking

    But I don’t subscribe to Catholic doctrine, because Catholic doctrine is anti-Biblical.

  • Memphis Viking

    The office of pope is not Biblical. Jesus is the only head of the Church.

  • David DesRochers

    If that is the only part of my comment that you dispute then I will be happy. But going off your comment I will remind you that theologically speaking the Pope sits on the Chair of St. Peter and has a direct line back to St. Peter as the leader of the Church and Jesus himself. So if the Pope is not God’s representative to the Earth, then he is at least Jesus’ and when you add the tinity (God, Son and Holy Spirit as one) he therefore becomes God’s rep by default. I agree that we all can have direct communication with God, but you speaking that all Christians are God’s rep leaves out a vast amount of people who believe in God. What about the Jews as an example? You idea that only Christians are God’s representative is rather egotistial and in direct contrast of Jesus’ and therefore the Pope’s humble message to all mankind.

  • David DesRochers

    Mabye a better thing to say would be that the Pope is not God’s ONLY representative on Earth. But I do believe that he is the best symbol of Christianity on the Earth. (what it looks like to be a good Christian person) I could easily make this case but I think you understand.

  • Nanette

    Glen the “key” is “Jesuit”..you do the studying! Second, when you hear, “all faiths” look up.

  • Mike Nelson

    If you’re going to jump, jump the shark :)

    It is difficult for me to understand how a Pope can go from a worldly position, to a divine office, and back to a worldly position again, as did the previous Pope, unless you accept that the office is always in jeopardy of human foible and manipulation; it is a democratic process that determines a new Pope, and that means petty politicking. There is more than ample room for error.

    To assume the will of a man brought to power over a denomination hundreds of millions strong, with a world-wide reach, including voting personalities – all fallible humans – from every niche and background, would be the Will of God is, in my view, a declaration of surrender of critical thinking.

    The Pope is a man, and a fallible one, at that. The idea that he is a direct conduit to God… I don’t believe that myself, but I know and respect a lot of people who do.

    To me, he’s just another crafty politician.

  • Anonymous

    Last I looked the Republic of the United States is stone cold dead.

  • darleneell@hotmail.com

    Go to history.org and SURPRISE!!! right there in black and white–it says Benedict Arnold, a man without a country.

  • madman

    I also think the Person of the Year should have been Snowden. He is part sinner & part saint.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure why Glenn is confused. Time is a progressive magazine, and Kathleen Sebelius and Ted Cruz are not very inspirational for a progressive at this point. Obamacare is turning out to be the failure we all knew it would be, making Sebelius look bad. And absolutely no way would they choose either Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. I think Snowden should have been the man of the year, but again, he’s revealed the truth about the NSA, Homeland Security, and this administration. So he’s not going to be popular with progressive thinkers. They don’t want us to know about what our government is really up to–they still need cover to in setting up their new world order or big brother or whatever monstrosity is really on their agenda.

    Another person they could have gone with was Bashir Assad as the villain of the year for gassing his own people.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll interpret this Neo-Con speak for you folks. What Glenn is saying in a nut shell is: I love it when they talk about Christianity, but when they want to practice it ; I really get worried .

  • OllieK

    So I guess what your saying is capitalism is ok, as long as there is some kind of “social responsibility” where some of your income must be shared with the needy. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Has a familiar ring to it.

  • OllieK

    Capitalism may be flawed, but it is the one system that has produced the most freedom for the most people. I understand condemning materialism, but with what is going on in the world today, his priorities seem quite twisted. I believe he is very much a product of his environment, and has a quite distorted view of the world.

  • OllieK

    Ted Cruz is the ultimate conservative. You, sir, clearly are not. When you have to modify conservatism with another descriptor (e.g., “compassionate”, “pragmatic”) it’s just a euphemism for saying you are some kind of moderate who likes to think he is conservative.

  • Anonymous

    Not even in the ball park here Mark. The Christian church is one of the richest landholders in the world. The didn’t get that way from poor people or communism (which is what the left erroneously thinks of as Christian charity). Got to have a government to redistribute wealth right? Can’t trust the peasants to have that kind of philanthropy, they must be forced into giving no matter how lazy or irresponsible the recipient? All the while filtering their hard earned money through endless levels of overpaid bureaucrats. That’s not Christianity, that’s tyranny. Also, you haven’t a clue what Neo-Con means do you? You just think it looks cool with the rest of your gibberish. It’s only vacuous nonsense, like the rest of your attempt at criticizing Beck. P.S. What’s with the picture of Truman? Another leftist politician with visions of grandeur. I’ll give him the wise use of the bomb though.

  • Anonymous

    Matthew 19:21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
    OK , Slick take this one apart now!
    I love to listen to all the different interpretations on this one by conservatives/evangelicals. ” Well what Jesus really meant was, yakety-yak yakety-yak yakety-yak………..”

  • Jenn

    Pope Francis is awesome and is quite deserving of this honour….those who are not Catholic should just mind their own business….actually….Pope Francis should be “Person Of The Century And Beyond”…God Bless Pope Francis!!!

  • Steve Bort

    Today, you’re at it again. You have no problem calling atheists friends, but you have a problem with a Christian leader calling socialists friends. Have you heard of hating the sin but not the sinner in your Morman faith? Perhaps that’s a difference between your understanding of God’s word and the Pope’s. Certainly,that’s not why Time chose him. Perhaps, they chose him to piss off you and like-minded Mormans (certainly, not all Mormans). Would you have expected Mother Teresa to pick and choose “friends?” How about Marie Osmond? Maybe it’s that you’re still a shock jock first and Christian somewhere down the pike. Perhaps, you do hate Catholics and Catholicism? Perhaps, you do hate Marxists and their friends who are not–the sin and the sinner? Personally, I can’t think of a reason not to call a Morman a friend–even you. I’d love to hear you clarify. Do you have the kahones?