Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Happy motoring from the Holy Father

The Vatican has issued some moral guidance to motorists. Before you go off laughing, they are certainly correct to observe that the automobile can lead us into moral difficulties.

Some of the advice is right on target, so let me quote, “Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events. Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.” It’s about time moral theologians weighed in on highway conduct. I especially like, “On the road, protect the more vulnerable party. Feel responsible toward others.”

These are good thoughts, but I think the Roman authorities could have done more if they had spent some time on the road in Arkansas. They might have included instructions not to apply makeup while driving, and no cell phone chats either. Getting dressed behind the wheel should be a sin, and woofing down any fast food is probably going to take you right down that highway to hell.

Remember that others are depending on you. Remember the golden rule.

(Broadcast June 20, 2007)

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