Ferrari to Vatican: There's no sin in a little fun

Luxury carmaker responds to Vatican's driving commandment against buying enviable cars.

Ferrari would like to set the record straight for those devout Catholics out there who have an extra $200,000 kicking around.

Its cars are by no means mere symbols of enviable status and power. Most people who buy Ferraris have an appreciation for the fun of driving, Amedeo Felisa, vice general manager of Ferrari, told Reuters.

Ferrari GTB Fiorano at the New York International Auto Show
The Ferrari GTB Fiorano at the New York International Auto Show. Candace Lombardi/CNET News.com

"Unless having fun has become a sin, I don't believe it" is wrong, Felisa told Reuters from an event in Milan celebrating the company's 60th anniversary.

The luxury carmaker, it seems, felt it had to respond to the fifth rule in the Vatican's 10 driving commandments issued last week. The fifth commandment states that "cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin."

A 36-page document called the Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road put out by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People contains within it the full list of the 10 driving commandments.

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

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