The Most Influential Catholic Of 2012 – The Results

Thanks to everyone who nominated and voted in the AoftheA 2012 Most Influential Catholic polls.  This year, more people voted than in any previous poll – 399 votes in the St Thomas More Division, and 238 in the Richard Rich Division. Without doing actual math, I believe more people voted this year than the other three years combined.  Wow!  And there were more nominations as well – 25 in all.

So on to the final results…

The 2012 Most Influential Catholic – St Thomas More Division

Dr William Mahrt – 115 votes (28.82%)
Cardinal Dolan – 108 votes (27.07%)
Michael Voris – 46 votes (11.53%)
Cardinal Burke – 40 votes (10.03%)
Fr Zuhlsdorf – 19 votes (4.76%)
Bishop Olmsted – 15 votes (3.76%)
Archbishop Lori – 13 votes (3.26%)
Bishop Egan – 11 votes (2.76%)
Jennifer Fulwiler – 11 votes (2.76%)
Dr Scott Hahn – 9 votes (2.26%)
Dr Peter Kreeft – 6 votes (1.50%)
Dr Helen Alvare – 4 votes (1.00%)
Greg Burke – 1 vote (0.25%)
Ryan Schael – 1 vote (0.25%)
Kevin – 0 votes
Fr Frederico Lombardi – 0 votes

The 2012 Most Influential Catholic – Baron Richard Rich Division

Kathleen Sibelius – 65 votes (27.32%)
Joe Biden – 48 votes (20.17%)
Nuns on the Bus – 46 votes (19.33%)
LCWR Leadership – 34 votes (14.29%)
Sr Simone Campbell – 18 votes (7.56%)
Ireland’s, Austria’s and the Netherlands Conf of Catholic Bishops – 11 votes (4.62%)
Roy Bourgeios – 10 votes (4.20%)
Bishop Robinson – 3 votes (1.26%)
Sister Joan Chittister – 3 votes (1.26%)

So I’m sure 97-99% of you are asking “Who is Dr William Mahrt?” I must confess, I didn’t know anything about him either, but he’s president of the Church Music Association of America (amongst other positions he holds elsewhere), and thus has a huge following in the Sacred Music arena – as evidenced by an aggressive campaign effort on behalf of his admirers at the MusicaSacra Forum. So kudos to Dr Mahrt, and to his admirers. It wasn’t exactly “ballot-box stuffing” (there might have been one or two exuberant voters over at that forum, but whatevs), but there’s nothing in the rules to prevent promoting a nominee.  It’s all for fun anyway.

As to the Baron Richard Rich Division winner – no big surprise with Sibelius’ name on top. Nearly every nominee on the list is deserving of the title, so I imagine that choosing one loser among a gaggle of losers posed some degree of difficulty.

Thanks to the number-crunchers at Poll-Daddy for doing all the calculations and such.

So who will be the Most Influential Catholic in 2013?  We’ll have to wait and see – provided it’s still legal to write a Catholic blog come next December.

Thanks again for participating, and Happy New Year to each and every one of my great readers!

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4 responses

  1. Hi, Larry, and thank you for providing the opportunity to introduce Professor Mahrt to the rest of your following. He is, in addition to having almost a St. Thomas More stature in both the academic and liturgical realms, a man of great humor, and a humble Christian gentleman of the first order.
    As the progenitor of our little campaign, I want to assure you that, to my knowledge even as of this morning in my inbox, no multiple stuffing occured from within our quarters, I insisted upon it. But then again, a lot of my CMAA confreres regard me like the congress did John Adams, as “obnoxious and disliked!” That’s alright, because Mahrt is leading new generations of music leaders in the Church out of the morass its been mired in for half a century! Soli Deo gloria!

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