Vatican's rules for the road: highway to heaven?
By FRANCIS X. ROCCA
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican, taking a detour from its usual pronouncements on faith and morals, Tuesday issued "Ten Commandments" for motorists to promote greater traffic safety.
The commandments were part of a document, "Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road," published by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.
Cardinal Renato Martino, who heads the council, said at a news conference that the Vatican believed it necessary to address the pastoral needs of motorists because driving has become such a big part of contemporary life.
And those 10 new Commandments are:
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 they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
9: On the road, protect the more-vulnerable party.
10: Feel responsible toward others.