Bless me father, for I have sped.
According to CNN, Pope Benedict and his merry band of Cardinals have released a set of religious guidelines for would-be drivers.
They include such common-sense one-liners as: buckle up...don't drink and drive...and obey traffic regulations.
But then there are a few oddball recommendations, encouraging drivers to pray behind the wheel...pull over to help accident victims...and "not use cars [as] an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin."
These commandments were "intended for bishops' conferences around the world...[offering] recommendations for...pastoral workers." But the message reached the general public in a flash, stimulating a whole gamut of reactions.
Not to pick on His Holiness... but what's a guy who travels around in a pope-mobile with an ample bodyguard presence have to say about the way we drive?
Cardinal Renato Martino was quoted as saying, "...1.2 million people die each year on the roads...that's a great challenge for society and the church."
That's not a challenge... that's the law of large numbers. Get enough people zooming around and a certain percentage are gonna get smashed up. Sad but true. No way around it. And for certain, praying of any form won't have an effect on accidents. Just as praying won't prevent wars, end world hunger or bring sick friends or relatives back to health.
Kappish? Alright... I'm behind schedule on sinning. Back to work.