Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Church teaching now covers EVERYTHING

Sensing a major gap in church teaching, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has issued some new rules for the road, an additional 10 Commandments (in case the originals weren't enough). In addition to the expected concern for charity, good Catholic drivers should avoid "impoliteness, rude gestures, cursing, blasphemy, loss of sense of responsibility or deliberate infringement of the highway code." I'd probably have to admit to a couple of those. I wonder if they cataloged the rude gestures.

Pretty much every news service picked up the commandments, part of a longer document called "Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road," which also covers issues related to homelessness and itinerant people.

But did we need a whole document? I think the Vatican could learn from the first Bush administration: Pick a single message and stick to it for a bit! Between news agencies like Zenit and Catholic World News, we're drowning in every syllable that comes from Rome--and they're not all created equal.



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