Pope Francis came the United States as polls indicate more and more Americans have moved away from Christianity in favor of atheism, agnosticism, or some other religion. Yet, Francis appeared to awaken, if not the sudden urge to attend church, at least some sense of spirituality among Americans, who seemed captivated by his presence and words. That prompts thoughts about how an increasingly secular society identifies and practices its values when the Pope's not around. Culture commentator Sheri Parks thinks the pageant of professional football has a lot to to with it. We hear her thoughts in this edition of Midday on Culture.