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!
This morning, Time announced its pick for 2012 Person of the Year: President Barack Obama.
Each year since 2010, we here at NCR have also chosen a person of the year based upon who has impacted the Catholic news world the most.
Our first Person of the Year, Daughter of Charity Sr. Carol Keehan, "showed extraordinary leadership and courage" in the national debate on health care reform through the Catholic Health Association, of which she is president and CEO. Last year, our editorial board selected St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, a Fordham University theologian condemned for her book Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God, which the editorial board said "reminds us that God is engaged in our world and that Catholic theology, despite sometimes regressive pressures, remains active in our lives and in our church."
We say: Charlottesville reveals the weeping wound of racism. What do we, the American Catholic faith community, do next? Read the editorial.
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.