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Thou Shalt Not Exceed the Speed Limit

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Posted on Jun 19, 2007

The Vatican has come up with “Ten Commandments” for drivers, warning that cars can be “an occasion of sin.” The document recommends prayer for surviving the road in good physical and spiritual condition, especially saying the rosary while driving because its “rhythm and gentle repetition does not distract the driver’s attention.”


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 get to work and seeing other cultures.

But it laments a host of ills associated with automobiles: Drivers use their cars to show off; driving “provides an easy opportunity to dominate others” by speeding; and drivers can kill themselves and others if they drink, use drugs or fall asleep at the wheel.

It warned about the effects of road rage, saying driving can bring out “primitive” behavior in motorists, including “impoliteness, rude gestures, cursing, blasphemy, loss of sense of responsibility or deliberate infringement of the highway code.”

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By Louise, June 20, 2007 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment
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Well, I think this is just precious.

Heaven knows a lot of accidents, mangling and death could be prevented if folks would exercise the same restraint while driving that they do at Mass. And that drunk driving thing, there’s no excuse for that. Drunk drivers kill the innocent and often emerge from the mayhem he/she created unscathed and giggling. 

Personally I think there should be a ten year minimum prison sentence for anyone convicted of driving drunk, cause the laws on the books sure aren’t stopping them!

The Popes concern for the innocent victims is laudable. Now, if we could just get him to come out and publicly condemn the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents because of a war of aggression based on a lie for the purpose of making huge profits to satisfy the lust and greed that drives the neo-con fascists. [Who daily break how many Commandments?]

Thou shall not steal.
Thou shall not kill.
Thou shall not covet.
Thou shall not bare false witness.

[feel free to add to the list]

Guess we should be grateful Bush sees himself as a “man” of God. Can you imagine what a mess we’d be in if he didn’t?

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By mojo, June 20, 2007 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment
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Papal endorsement of VOLVO ! (But that’s neither Italian nor German).  And what about Gucci, Bruno Maglioni ? (shoes worn by OJ, the clergy prefers red patent-leather);  Sun-glasses by Versaci, etc.  Escusi my Italiano . . .

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By Hemi*, June 20, 2007 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

The Pope and the Catholic Church has lost most if not all credibility. They continuing to battle the pedophilia outrage from within and the “who the **** are you to call us violent” from the world at large. To establish some semblance of “I am still in charge here”, he sends out this comical edict that few thinking humans let alone practicing Catholics would argue with. “Drive cautiously and courteously so say I your former-Hitler-youth-in-chief.” Wow, what a revelation! I would never have realized that. (He’s got this hotline to the “Almighty” you know!) Imagine that, it’s not nice to cut people off and then flip them off. Brilliant! (If I can borrow from the beer commercial.)

This has all the impact of ET saying “Beeeeee gooooooooood!” No sh** Benedict Himmler! Does he actually characterize rude driving as “primitive” behavior? To my thinking the use of the word “primitive” opens up a path the Church does not want to tread. Furthermore, the rosary is taught to be recited with thoughtful contemplation and not mindless repetition. Wow, what a buffoon. He obviously doesn’t believe what he’s spewing and he has no clue how much of the sham he unveils every time he speaks. I predict that Opus Dei will take him out in short order. Some underling assassin will get the blessed assignment with a promise of heavenly reward. Hell, he could pose as being from an alternative cult er…. I mean faith. That would help fulfill some papal prophesies too. The superstitious brainwashed cultists, er… I mean the Catholic faithful would consider that a win/win. They do love their papal funerals.

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By Tom Doff, June 20, 2007 at 8:56 am Link to this comment
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I can’t wait to read the Pope’s dissertation about how to achieve more satisfying orgasms.

He knows at least as much about that as he does about traffic.

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By Skruff, June 20, 2007 at 6:34 am Link to this comment
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I understand that in the nanny-state spirit of the times, soon technology will be available to monitor all US license plates by satellite, you’ll get your speeding ticket in the mail.  Canada has signed on to this scheme also.

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By Donovan, June 20, 2007 at 3:15 am Link to this comment
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Well, this is great.  Fuck the Pope.  Shouldn’t the person making rules be the one with the most experience?

Car & Driver Magazine analyzed the statistics a long time ago (late 90s) and found that when states reduced the highway speed limit, the accidents/fatalities increased, and vice versa for when there were higher speed limits.

What was the deciding factor in an accident on the road was disimilar speeds, which was promoted by lower speed limits.

If the speed limits were based on the safest speed for the given portion of the road and everyone drove at nearly the same rate, then there’d be less accidents.

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By bluejeanne, June 20, 2007 at 12:07 am Link to this comment
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Cyrena, Federico, & Mike . . . funny stuff.  What happened to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers?  I think Mary was very content to ride a donkey; yet now she’s being implored through the recitation of the rosary—to perpetuate an economy based on the automobile industry, that which is detrimental to the environment. 

Is this ‘For Real’?  In the middle of a WAR for OIL , instead of receiving a reprimand and encouragement to PRAY FOR PEACE, the Vatican is encouraging driving. Absurdly pathetic !

Why not suggest that people share rides and sing hymns together.  Hitch-hiking used to be very common in Europe.  Why doesn’t the Vatican give a dispensation to folks who ride mass transit, as a substitute for penance.

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By Tom Doff, June 19, 2007 at 11:40 pm Link to this comment
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Did the pope have anything to say about giving the finger to those ladies dressed like penguins who clog up the fast lane at forty MPH?

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By Federico Contreras, June 19, 2007 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment
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I thought I’d seen it all but this form of religious hogwash is brand new to me!

As my colleague above, I’d sooner people watch the road than speak to their imaginary friend.

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By cyrena, June 19, 2007 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

This is pretty much more gobbly-gook, especially since I can hardly imagine that praying the would be any less of a “distraction” than talking on a cell phone, or reading a book in traffic. (yeah, some people do that).

Road rage is of course a problem, and it’s a problem that the “god of material things” holds so much sway in our consumer driven population.

On the other hand, “driving while praying” (especially the Rosery)probably isn’t the solution. Ya have to keep your hands on the beads, and keep track of which prayers are to be recited in which order. I’d just as soon my fellow drivers keep their hands on the wheel, and their minds on the road.

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