Time magazine has published the list of 100 people to be voted on for The Person of the Year in 2012, and after an Internet vote open to the public, the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, received more than 42,000 votes and is well on the list.
Dolan is placed ahead of others like Lady Gaga, Barack Obama, and actor George Clooney.
Described by Time as “The man most likely to give Barack Obama fits on the way to election day,” Dolan has been highly critical of the health care mandate from the Obama administration.
However with his crimson cassock, wide grin and rotund good cheer, Dolan is seen as a warm prelate who leads his flock more by charm than fiat.
Putting his church its ideas back in the center of the national political conversation is something Dolan has managed and is something not achieved by other American Roman Catholic leaders in recent times.
While the people vote to get the Top 100, who will be ‘The Person of the Year’ is now in the hands of the journalists and editors at Time Magazine. The success or failure of the US health care reform and Dolan’s role could play a deciding factor.
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