As the saying goes, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." According to a recent ex cathedra promulgation from the Vatican, drivers who display road rage and don't immediately make the sign of the cross, say a Hail Mary or better still the full rosary will, if they can be identified, suffer ex-communication. When asked why the penalty was so severe, Vatican's Abbot Costello said that "too many people are dying on the roads of the world. Moreover, cars are being used for unseemly acts, such as sex in the back seat." When asked if it was a greater sin to have sex in the back seat or display an Italian finger to a bothersome motorist, the Abbot responded that" elicit sex, especially when contraception is involved, is a great sin. I realize a moving violation might seem more serious but, without getting graphic, one understands that movement takes place when the body is in flagrenta. Obviously to be so involved and at the same time driving and offering an offending finger, is a recipe for damnation."
Costello was asked if it was acceptable, according to the recent edict, for motorists to take videos of offending drivers and post in sites like YOUTUBE. Abbot said "such activity is consistent with Catholic doctrine as long as the video-taker does not put his life or others in danger and the posting satisfies all the requirements of the Digital Milennium Copyright Act which the Vatican is party to. Abbot was asked whether it was acceptable, from the point of view of doctrine, to post any videos of people commiting social sins such as picking their nose, playing car radios too loud and practicing religious piety on the New York subway system. He suggested "picking of the nose, as we learned from Freud has more than a faint sexual connotation, so it should be shunned both in public and private. Public disgrace is good tonic in this case. Playing a radio too loud calls for quiet approbation; we should become one with the sinner. And by all means preaching religion on the subway should be encouraged, as long as the doctrine is Catholic and can only be recorded if one is in a state of grace."
And is it acceptable and consistent with Church law for the layity to post photographs and videos on YOUTUBE of clergy who have been convicted of molesting children?
Before disappearing into the bowels of the Vatican Costello responded: "Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone."Posted by Chuck at June 19, 2007 03:24 PM | TrackBack