Religion isn’t a subject bloggers discuss much in Los Angeles, which may be one of the clever “everything happens for a reason” reasons why the Roman Catholic Church released its “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road”. And not a moment too soon – people have been driving like total assholes lately.
Some of these “Ten Commandments” are nice reminders – such as “thou shall not drive over pedestrians” (#1), or “thou shall hide the keys from your drunk ass buddy” (#6), while others just remind us that we’re all sinners, like “thou shall not dry hump in the backseat” (#5).
Surprisingly, “thou shall not talk on your cell phone especially while parallel parking” isn’t among the ten.
The gospel after the jump.
Note: Yes, I’m aware that Mack also posted on this subject – in spite of the time stamps, we both posted within minutes of each other. He likes my picture better, I like his analysis better. So, we’re keeping both of ’em. Feel free to comment on your fave.
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.