Why won’t NCR make “The Unborn” their ‘Person of the Year’?
UPDATE 21 Dec 20:19 GMT:
The Fishwrap’s webpage says at the top: “Update: Our poll was so popular our account with SurveyMonkey, which hosted our poll, topped off the number of votes. This seems to have affected the ability to view the results of the poll, for which NCR apologizes. We’ll look into it and see if there’s a way to restore the results of the vote. Thanks to all of you for casting your vote!”
Surely they are not monkeying with the survey. Noooo…..
ORIGINAL POST Dec 19, 2012
I have been with child to know whom the National catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) would select as their Person of the Year.
As you will remember, for the last two years they have supported the Magisterium of Nuns. The first year, they picked Sr. Carol Keehan, head of the Catholic Health Association, who gave cover to catholic Democrats in Congress so that they could vote in favor of Obamacare and thus force tax-payers and Catholic institutions to pay for abortion, contraception, etc. Last year they chose Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, who writes theology so weird that the USCCB got on her case.
As we come to the end of the year, I’ve been wondering how Fishwrap would pick between so many great candidates.
Wouldn’t you have loved to listen in on that staff meeting….?
“But Roy has been excommunicated. He’s perfect!”
“But he’s a man! We owe it to the women this year. They have been through so much. The women. Especially the n…”
“Sr. Joan was with the Council of Elders, she was with the Occupiers. She went to Tahrir Square! She…”
“Let’s pick President Obama like Time Magazine did! He’s so… so… dreamy….”
“We need to make a statement. We could…”
“Right! A statement! Let’s put someone like Bishop Finn on the list and then have a poll! When that horrible Father Z points people to the poll on his blog and, and… like… by a long shot, Finn get’s more votes than, like, Sister Joan, we can trash him again as having the greatest negative influence on the, you know….”
“Great idea! Could we put Z on the list too?”
“I’m uncomfortable in this room right now. Gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and questioning persons of all genders must be affirmed. I need a voice! If it isn’t given to Margaret, who was condemned by the CDF, I’ll just… I’ll…”
“But the LCWR has really suffered from Roman patriarchal oppression!”
“Everyone in the LCWR agrees with us.”
“LCWR? We need a person! Unless… do we want to redefine personhood?!?”
“You have a point. We don’t want to be species-ist, either.”
“My choice would be for Sister Simone. That bus thing was groovy. It reminded me of the Freedom Riders buses. Those were the days. ‘I’dont feel no ways tiiiiired….'”
“Wasn’t she on Colbert’s show?”
In any event, Fishwrap has a poll. Here is the screenshot.
Curious choices. No? Screenshot:
I am sure they would want you to vote only once. Right?
It may be that this poll will make no difference at all. They have already chosen their man, woman, other-gendered or other-specied person.
Whom will they select?
I can hardly wait!
And, just for fun and profit….
UPDATE 20 Dec 13:28 GMT
Curious results. No?
It would seem that both The Tablet (aka The Pill) and The Fishwrap have a hard time with polls.
Remember what Fishwrap wrote:
NCR‘s editorial board has already selected our Person of the Year for 2012, though you have to wait until Dec. 26 to find out who was selected.
Until then, we open the floor to you! Below is the list of Person of the Year finalists who were discussed for the title. Who would you choose? The comments boards are, as ever, yours.
As Fr. Fox mentioned, this is a “magisterium of the editors”!
Down with editorial clericalism!
UPDATE 20 Dec 21:44:
This is getting funnier and funnier.
Can anyone figure out what might have happened? Apart from the obvious, is there a benign interpretation?
UPDATE 21 Dec 23:29 GMT
Soooo…. what’s up?