Okay, Now I have just about seen it all! On Tuesday June 19th 2007, Pope Benedict issued “The Ten Commandments for Drivers” No I am not even close to kidding. In a 36 page document released by the Vatican The Pope has decided to mix it up with practitioners of Road rage.

“Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road,”

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 document also suggests crossing oneself before starting the car, and saying the Rosary along the way. Okay, what if you’re not Catholic?

While I realize that road rage is a problem, and the suggestions are in and of themselves reasonably sensible, what makes the Pope think he needs to get involved in how people drive? It seems to me that he should be more concerned with the spiritual well being of the worlds Catholics, not their driving habits.

Oh yes and he also makes comments about Prostitutes, orphaned children, and the homeless or as the document puts it: ” street women, street children, and tramps.” (It seems to me that this last one was considered politically incorrect decades ago. The next question he asks is probably going to be,. What would Moses Drive?”

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