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Sins and driving

Discussion in 'News & Events' started by Hails, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. Hails

    Hails Well-Known Member

    Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2007
    VATICAN CITY - Thou shalt not drive under the influence of alcohol. Thou shalt respect speed limits. Thou shalt not consider a car an object of personal glorification or use it as a place of sin.

    The Vatican took a break from strictly theological matters yesterday to issue its own rules of the road, a compendium of dos and don'ts on the moral aspects of driving.

    A 36-page document called Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road contains the Ten Commandments of Motoring, covering everything from road rage, respecting pedestrians, keeping a car in good shape and avoiding rude gestures while behind the wheel.

    "Cars tend to bring out the 'primitive' side of human beings, thereby producing rather unpleasant results," the document said.

    It appealed to what it called the "noble tendencies" of the human spirit, urging responsibility and self-control to prevent the "psychological regression" often associated with driving.

    The document's Fifth Commandment reads: "Cars shalt not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin."

    Asked at a news conference when a car became an occasion of sin, Cardinal Renato Martino replied, "When a car is used as a place for sin."

    One part of the document, under the section "Vanity and personal glorification," will not go down well with owners of Ferraris in motor-mad Italy.

    "Cars particularly lend themselves to being used by their owners to show off, and as a means for outshining other people and arousing a feeling of envy," it said.

    It urged readers not to behave in an "unsatisfactory and even barely human manner" when driving and to avoid what it called "unbalanced behaviour ... impoliteness, rude gestures, cursing, blasphemy ..."

    Praying while driving was encouraged.

    Vatican City, the world's smallest sovereign state, does not have many of the problems listed in the document.

    It has about 1,000 cars, the speed limit is 30 kilometres per hour and one Vatican official said the last accident inside Vatican City's walls was more than a year ago, resulting in minor damage.

    The commandments not illustrated above are: 1. Thou shalt not kill; 3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events; 7. Support the families of accident victims; 10. Feel responsible towards others.