Why is Pope Francis Person of the Year?

Here are my comments for Aleteia on Pope Francis’ selection as Pope Francis as Person of the Year.

While all Catholics rejoice in the widespread popularity of Pope Francis, many Catholics are also dubious of the motivation and manipulation of his image and message by those who are enemies of the Catholic church. Because of his warm and welcoming style, Pope Francis is being hailed as a progressive, and those who oppose the Catholic faith will use Pope Francis to promote their own agenda.

Read the whole article here. Meanwhile, Tim Stanley of the Daily Telegraph has a similar take on the plaudits here.