24 June 2007

how can this be a sin?

Ferrari F430 Spider in Yellow

will someone please explain?

BXVI this past week published a pastoral letter: "Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road." It's a ten commandments of the road. Really. No one could make this sh** up.

The Vatican instructed its followers to take the high road Tuesday, issuing 10 commandments calling for those behind the wheel to drive with as much moral purpose as they live their lives.Vatican driving commandments pave highway to heaven

If you haven't seen them, here they are:
  1. You shall not kill.
  2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
  3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
  4. Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents.
  5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
  6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
  7. Support the families of accident victims.
  8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
  9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
  10. Feel responsible toward others.

Except for #5, all of the rest are just common sense rules of the road. What about #5?

The photo at the beginning of the post is a yellow F430 Ferrari Spider. It warms the cockles of my heart. I suppose someone would say that I may be coveting it. I'm not. I just think it is the greatest looking car in the world. As far as people owning it and using it for a status symbol or an expression of power and domination, anyone who owns one doesn't need any status symbol, just for the fact that they can afford it.

And as far as a sin, Amadeo Felisa, Ferrari's general manager reacted the best:
Felisa noted that Ferraris could be used in such a manner, but that most of the marque's customers make a purchase because they simply love to drive. He also told Reuters that while he was sure buying a Ferrari isn't a sin, that if it was, well, "you should commit at least one from time to time." Ferrari to Vatican: We're not a sin! - Autoblog.com

mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa...

one should be proud of their culpa...

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