This morning, I watched Pope Francis address the U.S. Congress. Did you see it? If so, you probably noticed that throughout the speech, tears streamed down House Speaker John Boehner’s cheeks. One of the commentators mentioned that Boehner had been an altar boy and that, at his childhood home, a picture of an earlier pope decorated the living room wall. Perhaps meeting the pope revived family memories that inspired Boehner’s tears. I can only speculate what was going on in his mind, but maybe, just maybe, he was touched by the content of the pope’s speech. And now, after listening to Pope Francis, will the Speaker be able to go back to saying, “Listen, I’m not qualified to debate the science over climate change,” and continue to skirt Congress’s responsibility to address the crisis, or will the pope’s words about the environment resonate in Boehner’s conscience and motivate him to act?
I have a feeling I know what the pope is hoping and praying Boehner will do.
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If you missed it and would like to see it, here’s a link to a video of the pope’s address: