Obviously, the above was a slanted viewpoint, and "Obviously, from a NON-Catholic, or angry, disgruntled EX-Catholic" some might suggest, but that is a cheap shot. To them I would say, "Use that gooey stuff filling the five-inch gap between your ears, and SEE if you can SEE my point here, because I can absolutely SEE your (and all the others so "deluded" - if we can use that term) point of view." Would you have the same response - and I mean SAME, no difference in any appreciable way - to some clerk behind the counter at the grocery store, or a cashier behind the counter at the fast-food joint?" The only acceptable answer, of course, is "No, of course not." but then you would drag out all the reasons for this difference. But I am not buying it. Hey, even Mr. Pope in Pointy hats, and shiny shoes, can do it (or appears to, anyway) so why not YOU (or anybody)? It is to THIS QUESTION that people everywhere should consider, most seriously, with that gooey stuff, along with thousands of other questions and ideas that haunt men's minds.
Consider, if you will (if you even can) WHAT does the Pointy hatted guy know, understand, teach, that any adult human with at least a normally functioning brain and body (not so thoroughly damaged or corrupted that thinking and feeling is no longer at the adult human level) can't know, understand, and teach - if s/he has a mind to do that? But then, considering that "Either you get this, or you do not - and therefore probably CAN not" - why would s/he set about "teaching this stuff" to others WHO SHOULD BE ABLE TO KNOW IT ON THEIR OWN ANYWAY? At best, really, a person becomes a "reminding factor" at certain times, places, venues, circumstances where someone else could reasonably be expected to REMEMBER for themselves that which they have just been reminded. If everybody, adult and normally functioning, with all their "wits" in tact, were "Walking Buddhas" (for that is what I like to call such people) what need would there be for Religions, Philosophies, Teachings AND Gurus, Masters, Sages AND Pointy hatted authority figures? NONE, I say. NONE.
To be clear: all of this - top to bottom - was a POSITIVE message for those who can hear it - the rest can't and probably never will. It is this: YOU TOO can be a Walking Buddha, if you can learn to, and practice the art of, SEPARATING fiction from reality, lies from truth, stories from facts - which means, engage your brain, all parts of your brain, even those parts that are now quite dormant and start Thinking without Imagination clouding your every thought.