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12/17/2013

'Advocate' scoops 'Onion'; LGBT mag chooses Pope Francis as person of the year

by Jeremy Hooper

Wouldn't have been my choice:

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The Advocate's Person of the Year: Pope Francis [The Advocate]

To be perfectly frank (as opposed to Francis), as a non-Catholic who thinks there is far too much faith encroachment in our public life, I've never understood why I'm constantly told that I must care about the Pope and his dealings. I kind of don't.

And, of course, as a gay man who understands that the Catholic church remains the single most organized opponent against LGBT equality—and not just marriage and adoption; the Bishops are now opposing ENDA too'—I'm having trouble understanding how our national newsmagazine justifies putting a "NO H8" sticker on this church's global face. And yes, I've read the "justification."

The choice also seems "provocative" for the sake of provocation (i.e. to get people like me talking about it). I get the strategy; all media outlets need eyeballs to stay afloat, and wagging tongues help with that. I'm just not sure that your annual cover story seemingly meant to honor someone who most contributed to LGBT rights is the place to do it.

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