June 20, 2007: Source – MSNBC

The Pope and Popemobile

Concerned about high rates of traffic accidents and road rage among the faithful, the Vatican has issued “Ten Commandments” for driving—and other activities, usually associated with the back seat. If you drive as the church suggests, you’ll likely save on gas, too.

The church warns against using your car as an “expression of power and domination,” for example. Hybrid drivers and others interested in upping their gas mileage already know this trick. Let the other guy go first—and waste all the gas he wants.

The Vatican suggests that driving be used for an occasion of prayer, too, perhaps instead of the usual blasphemy.

As reported by the Associated Press in MSNBC:

The document, “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road,” extols the benefits of driving—family outings, getting the sick to the hospital, allowing people to see other cultures.

And it suggested prayer might come in handy—performing the sign of the cross before starting off and saying the Rosary along the way. The Rosary was particularly well suited to recitation by all in the car since its “rhythm and gentle repetition does not distract the driver’s attention.”

Maybe rhythmic recitation isn’t such a bad way to stave off road rage. Next time someone cuts you off, try issuing a quick Hail Mary, Allaabu Akbar, or Tefilat HaDerech instead of the finger. For the heathen among us, the chorus of a pop song, a verse from a favorite poem, or lines from a movie might work. Any suggestions?


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