Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Some Commandments Worth Observing

How really good it feels to have something positive to say about the Vatican. Yes, you heard me right. While the poor benighted critters in dresses make all sorts of idiotic pronouncements showing that they have not 'grown in wisdom and understanding' since taking their vows, today something came out of that morass that makes sense in connection with religion.

The Vatican concerned itself with safety on the highways, and put out some rules relating to responsible driving, and they can be proud of doing something to preserve life and sanity on the road.

The Vatican on Tuesday issued a set of “Ten Commandments” for drivers, telling motorists not to kill, not to drink and drive, and to help fellow travelers in case of accidents.

An unusual document from the Vatican’s office for migrants and itinerant people also warned that cars can be “an occasion of sin” — particularly when they are used for dangerous passing or for prostitution.

It warned about the effects of road rage, saying driving can bring out “primitive” behavior in motorists, including “impoliteness, rude gestures, cursing, blasphemy, loss of sense of responsibility or deliberate infringement of the highway code.”

It urged motorists to obey traffic regulations, drive with a moral sense, and to pray when behind the wheel.

Cardinal Renato Martino, who heads the office, told a news conference that the Vatican felt it necessary to address the pastoral needs of motorists because driving had become such a big part of contemporary life.
The “Drivers’ Ten Commandments,” as listed by the document, are:

1. You shall not kill. etc.

There are more commandments, all of them good sense. Amazing.

The eminence's good sense probably relates to having actual experience with driving, and in Rome, at that. Direct experience is so obviously a factor for understanding, perhaps the Vatican will receive more revelations of this variety and recognize them as such. But I don't expect that infallibility will ensue from that, either.

Good works, Cardinal. Pass along some good sense upwards to the Papal apartments, would you please?

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