Catholic of the Year 2007
The Supreme Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, now gloriously reigning.
It seems like a no-brainer to vote for the Pope. A long-time family phase meaning that's a no-brainer has always been: "Is the Pope Catholic?" Sometimes, it seems like the Pope is the ONLY Catholic around.
This was, in my humble opinion, a monumental year for the Holy Father. I think 2007 was the year that the Holy Father really emerged from the legend of Pope John Paul II and the world saw Benedict XVI as his own man. Despite the fact that he is the current leader of the Roman Catholic world, Benedict XVI remains, very much, the teacher he has always been.
This year, the Holy Father published an encyclical Spe Salvi , and a book: Jesus of Nazareth . He educated us, weekly, on the Fathers of the Church, restored dignity and reverence to Papal Masses, issued a major document reiterating that priests have the right to pray the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum if they desire to do so. He did all this and, contrary to what his detractors think, he is not killing the Second Vatican Council rather, he is methodically saving it from death by distortion.
I pray the Holy Father has many years to share his wisdom and knowledge with us.