Vatican issues 10 Commandments for motorists - and LORD KNOWS itís time
The Vatican took a break from strictly theological matters on Tuesday to issue its own rules of the road, a compendium of do's and don'ts on the moral aspects of driving and motoring.
A 36-page document called "Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road" contains 10 Commandments covering everything from:
- Road rage,
- Respecting pedestrians,
- Keeping a car in good shape,
- And avoiding rude gestures - such as flipping the ďbirdĒ or pumping a clinched fist and mouthing obscenities - 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 shall 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 said "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 behavior ... impoliteness, rude gestures, cursing, blasphemy ..."
Praying while driving was encouraged.
Vatican City, the world's smallest sovereign state, doesn't have many of the problems listed in the document.
It has about 1,000 cars, the speed limit is 30 kph and one Vatican official said the last accident inside Vatican City's walls was about 19 years ago, resulting in minor damage.
Send your ideas for LOCAL Spirit Weekly stories to email@example.com
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for Sidney K. Smith in...
Just days after being shot three times while directing traffic in Paradis, Cpl....
Sidney K. Smith, wanted in connection with Saturday's murder of Warren Sanders of...
A St. Rose man has been convicted of murder in connection with the May 29, 2012...
Destrehan and Hahnville placed in the top four in the District Golf Tournament at...
Cpl. Burt Hazeltine of the St. Charles Sheriff's Office returned home from...
The way hardware stores used to and should be is right here in St. Charles. Prompt courteous service from the moment you walk in. Experienced staff eager to assist you find what you need for your next project. Propane refills, U-Haul Rentals available
Area groups setting up funds to help Cpl. Burt Hazeltine and his family - 2174 views
Three area organizations have set up funds to accept donations for St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office's Cpl. Burt Hazeltine who was shot Thursday (April 16) in an apparent ambush shooting while directing school traffic.