He laid it on the line, no ifs, ands, or buts, and his message is having a HUGE effect. Catholics are now having conventions about how to be better stewards of the earth. Republican politicians, who have worn their denial proudly until now, are being shamed by the leader of Christianity talking about a fundamental moral issue. You bet it’s having a profound effect.
At this point, perhaps Pope Francis is our most effective advocate. He makes even Republicans tremble.