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chasedude
06-19-2007, 03:14 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/06/19/vatican.road.rage.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Got road rage? The Vatican on Tuesday issued a set of "Ten Commandments" for drivers, telling motorists to be charitable to others on the highways, to refrain from drinking and driving, and to pray you make it before you even buckle up.

An unusual document from the Vatican's office for migrants and itinerant people also warned that automobiles 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.

He noted that the Bible was full of people on the move, including Mary and Joseph, the parents of Jesus -- and that his office is tasked with dealing with all "itinerant" people -- from refugees to prostitutes, truck drivers to the homeless.

"We know that as a consequence of transgressions and negligence, 1.2 million people die each year on the roads," Martino said. "That's a sad reality, and at the same time, a great challenge for society and the church."

The document, "Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road," extols the benefits of driving -- family outings, getting the sick to the hospital, allowing people to see other cultures.

But it laments a host of ills associated with automobiles: Drivers use their cars to show off; driving "provides an easy opportunity to dominate others" by speeding; drivers can kill themselves and others if they don't get their cars regular tuneups, if they drink, use drugs or fall asleep at the wheel.

It also pointed the finger at traffic problems particular to Rome, including "minicars" that teens can drive without full driving licenses, and "the reckless use of motorbikes and motorcycles."

It called for drivers to obey speed limits and to exercise a host of Christian virtues: charity to fellow drivers, prudence on the roads, hope of arriving safely and justice in the event of crashes.

And it suggested prayer might come in handy -- performing the sign of the cross before starting off and saying the Rosary along the way. The Rosary was particularly well suited to recitation by all in the car since its "rhythm and gentle repetition does not distract the driver's attention."

The document is intended for bishops conferences around the world, and as such offered recommendations for their pastoral workers, including setting up chapels along motorways and having "periodic celebration of liturgies at major road hubs, motorway restaurants and lorry parks."
'Drivers' Ten Commandments'

The "Drivers' Ten Commandments," as listed by the document, are:

1. You shall not kill.

2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.

3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.

4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.

5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.

6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.

7. Support the families of accident victims.

8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.

9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.

10. Feel responsible toward others.


#5 has to be my favorite... ROFL

irishjayhawk
06-19-2007, 03:19 PM
This must be the "updating" I was encouraging. :p

ROYC75
06-19-2007, 03:23 PM
Other words, no more :hump: in the back seat.......

FAX
06-19-2007, 03:23 PM
Not a darn thing in there about avoiding the Armadillo or Box Turtle when traversing the two lane blacktop of life.

Somewhat disappointing.

FAX

sd4chiefs
06-19-2007, 03:32 PM
Rome has some of the worst traffic on Earth. It is a total freeforall. They just slow down a little for stop lights. They do not have lanes. You take your own life in your hands when you try to cross the street. What a joke.

Rooster
06-19-2007, 03:34 PM
I hope the Pope Mobile will follow these rules as well.

irishjayhawk
06-19-2007, 03:36 PM
Rome has some of the worst traffic on Earth. It is a total freeforall. They just slow down a little for stop lights. They do not have lanes. You take your own life in your hands when you try to cross the street. What a joke.

Sad, but very, very true. I'd recommend hiring someone to bring you from the airport to your hotel and then take a cab if something isn't in walking distance.

All of Italy seems that way.

chasedude
06-19-2007, 03:55 PM
Other words, no more :hump: in the back seat.......

Nah that still works, just can't use the condom. :p

irishjayhawk
06-19-2007, 04:01 PM
Nah that still works, just can't use the condom. :p

Or it be pre-marital, marital with another or for pleasure. :p

chasedude
06-19-2007, 04:04 PM
Or it be pre-marital, marital with another or for pleasure. :p

I'm glad I'm not a Catholic :shake:

Pitt Gorilla
06-19-2007, 04:15 PM
Honestly, I thought this was going to be a forwarded joke.

chasedude
06-19-2007, 04:18 PM
Honestly, I thought this was going to be a forwarded joke.


I thought that to when I saw it my feeds. Cnn.com had it posted on there so I couldn't resist posting it here. Does kinda seem like a joke though doesn't it? Is this what the Vatican is doing these days, making up traffic ethics laws?

Zebedee DuBois
06-19-2007, 07:06 PM
Yield unto others, as you would have them yield unto you.

greg63
06-19-2007, 07:22 PM
They forgot: Thou shalt not blow away fellow motorist with a double barrel shotgun while traveling down the free way.

SNR
06-19-2007, 07:22 PM
Observe all traffic signs and keep them holy

Rain Man
06-19-2007, 11:49 PM
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Porsche.

RJ
06-19-2007, 11:59 PM
I need to keep a copy of this in the car. Maybe I can pass it along to the next driver with a Jesus Fish plate who gives me the finger.

Sully
06-20-2007, 12:04 AM
Elaine: David, I'm going to hell! The worst place in the world! With devils
and those caves and the ragged clothing! And the heat! My god, the heat! I
mean, what do you think about all that?

Puddy: Gonna be rough.

Elaine: Uh, you should be trying to save me!

Puddy: Don't boss me! This is why you're going to hell.

Elaine: I am not going to hell and if you think I'm going to hell, you should
care that I'm going to hell even though I am not.

Puddy: You stole my Jesus fish, didn't you?

Elaine: Yeah, that's right!

Elaine places her hands beside her head, index fingers raised as 'horns' and she
emits a gutteral growling sound.

Rain Man
06-20-2007, 12:06 AM
Honor thy father and trucker.

Rain Man
06-20-2007, 12:08 AM
Thou shalt have no other Dodge before me.

Rain Man
06-20-2007, 12:11 AM
Thou shalt not kill the engine.

SLAG
06-20-2007, 12:21 AM
Or it be pre-marital, marital with another or for pleasure. :p


Thank you God for choosing me to be a Catholic

SLAG
06-20-2007, 12:23 AM
Also I want to Remind everyone this is not one of those "Infallible" Documents,

This is just the Cardinal trying to give some words of advice.

Not dogma or doctrine