Despite pope’s visit, back to normal

I guess we’re all guilty of this. We listen to a sermon, but we don’t really hear it. So we carry on as we always did, turning a deaf ear to pastoral advice and return to our regular M.O.

Evidently we’re concerned that if we lift the gate on our standard operating procedure just a crack, a breeze of disruption will waft in to torment us.

Hours after Pope Francis appealed to Congress to consider the “common good” and be mindful of the planet’s welfare, lawmakers in the chamber where he spoke moved to do the opposite and bar federal regulators from weighing the costs of climate change.

Same old same old.

Which makes me wonder if the pope’s visit to America, despite his whirlwind tour befitting a rock star, will leave lasting a footprint on most people.

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