I was at a local Blimpie's Sub earlier to grab a sandwich for lunch. The two guys working the counter noticed the book I was carrying: The Essential Pope Benedict XVI: His central writings & speeches. "Is that about the current Pope? The new guy?" They were, apparently, quite enthusiastic about him. "Man, he's cool." Did they follow his visit? "No, just saw the news." No, this isn't a biography, but a selection from his writings. "So, like philosophical stuff." Yeah, but a good way to get to know his thought. What did they think of his visit? "A great man. It seems that while critical of some of America's interventions overseas, he was still praising America. He seemed to like us." A fair enough assessment if any! "I'd also heard that when he was elected many weren't happy." I did a brief mini-spiel on the CDF, and the differences in roles, as well as the genuine humility and holiness of the man, which we all saw. "And what do you think of him? Is he a good Pope?" YEAH! I love him! "Cool! So, you want chips and a drink with that?"
And nope, these young fellow aren't Catholic either. Right here in rural northern Georgia too. You don't get much more heartland than this. :)