June 20, 2007

Vatican issues Ten Commandments for drivers

Vatican City, Italy – The Vatican has issued a document called “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of Road Users” in which it includes Ten Commandments for drivers. “Cars tend to bring out the “primitive” side of human beings, thereby producing rather unpleasant results,” says the document. “We need to take these dynamics into account and react by appealing to the noble tendencies of the human spirit, to a sense of responsibility and self-control, in order to prevent manifestations of the psychological regression that is often connected to driving a means of transport.”

The Ten Commandments are:

  • I.You shall not kill.
  • II.The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
  • III.Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
  • IV.Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents.
  • V.Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
  • VI.Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
  • VII.Support the families of accident victims.
  • VIII.Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
  • IX.On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
  • X.Feel responsible towards others.

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