Vatican Issues 10 Commandments For Drivers
Posted by cotojo on June 21, 2007
The Vatican has issued a set of 10 commandments for creating a heavenly highway here on earth.
The 36-page “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road” warns that cars can be “an occasion for sin” and asks drivers to obey the speed limits, perhaps rather ironic given the reputation of Italian drivers.
Published by the Vatican’s office for migrants and itinerant people, which deals with the spiritual needs of all travelers, the pamphlet asks drivers to display Christian virtues such as prudence, charity and justice.
It warns of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and of failing to keep a car properly serviced.
Drivers are advised to make the sign of the cross before setting off on a journey and to recite the rosary while driving because its “rhythm and gentle repetition does not distract the driver’s attention.”
The Vatican does praise the benefits of driving such as family trips, transporting the sick to hospital and allowing people to travel and experience other cultures.
The 10 commandments in full
- You shall not kill.
- The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
- Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
- Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents.
- Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
- Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
- Support the families of accident victims.
- Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
- On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
- Feel responsible toward others.