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Vatican issues commandments for drivers

Posted in Cars, General by davidallen | June 20th, 2007 | 3 Responses |

It looks like the Vatican are bringing themselves up to date, by issuing what has been known as the “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road” or as some people as inevitably named it “The Vatican’s Ten Commandments for Drivers” whatever the title it does address issues that are relevant to today, unlike many other things. Hopefully people will look at these words and think about how they drive and maybe do something about the issues contained.


So what are these commandments?

The Vatican’s Ten Commandments for drivers:

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.

The reason why the Vatican has issued this document is because “Driving has become such a big part of contemporary life” said Cardinal Renato Martino.

But you can see why this has come at this time, for the World Health Organization estimates that around 1.2 million people are killed and 50 million people are injured every year in traffic accidents, figures worth thinking about.

Source [Freep]

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3 Responses

  1. Ryan says:

    They also recommended that you pray while driving. I assume they mean “pray with your eyes open”

  2. Brendan says:

    This is ridiculous! The Vatican just took common sense and put it in a religious document.

    My religion is Common Sense/Be nice to your neighbor. Religion isn’t needed if you know what you stand for.

  3. George says:

    Finally, a religious institution releases a practical document and people get furious about it.