Tuesday, June 19
"Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road"
Reuters is running a story that the Vatican has issued, today, a document on Christian driving.
I wasn't quite sure what to think of this, until I saw that Asianews, more reliable and much more sympathetic in matters Catholic than Reuters, was also running the story.
The document, not yet on the Vatican's website, is said to come from the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, which has issued documents on such things as Christian tourism, the pastoral care of Gypsies, and airport ministry.
In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, produced by Joseph Card. Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) and published under John Paul II in 1992, states that reckless driving can be a mortal sin in para. 2290:
"The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess.... Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or love of speed, endanger their own and others' safety on the road, at sea, or in the air."
Since the new document is said to suggest praying while driving, Catholics interested in automotive spirituality may want to visit the Sacred Heart Auto League, which promotes "careful, prayerful driving." By "liv[ing] out their love of neighbor through courteous and careful driving," League members offer reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the casual disregard towards the lives of others which wreckless driving represents.
Donations to the League fund missionary work in northern Mississippi. Check out the Sacred Heart visor clip.
The document is now online.
Seriously. Someone has to take the American Slang dictionary away from the Vatican's translators. Remember last year, when they announced that a certain prelate had "kicked the bucket"? "Hands in the air... give us the dictionary... no one gets hurt."
From Fr. Z:
The Holy See’s new document Guidelines for the pastoral care of the road from the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and its president Renato Raffaele Cardinal Martino. After talking about "Street Women" and "Street Children" we get:
THE PASTORAL CARE OF THE HOMELESS (TRAMPS)