by Max Brantley
Wish the pope had talked to me before the Vatican issued its Drivers' Ten Commandments. I'd have worked in something explicit on phone use though I think a broad interpretation suggests it should be avoided.
The Commandments include advising motorists to be charitable to others on the highways, to refrain from drinking and driving, and to pray you make it before you even buckle up.
An unusual document from the Vatican's office for migrants and itinerant people also warned that automobiles can be "an occasion of sin" - particularly when they are used for dangerous passing or for prostitution.
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."
It urged motorists to obey traffic regulations, drive with a moral sense, and to pray when behind the wheel.
There appears to be no dispensation for rude gestures at motorists who offend.
The "Drivers' Ten Commandments," as listed by the document, are:
Now comes a blog reader with a shot snapped (from a stopped car, I'm sure) of a commentary on the divine view of cell phone use. "No limit," says here.