Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Road to Perdition: Confessions of a Vehicular Sinner

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Road to Perdition: Confessions of a Vehicular Sinner

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"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I drive an SUV."

"With yourself or with another?"

"Usually by myself, Father."

"And you're here seeking absolution?"

"Not exactly, Father, just some answers."

Yes, my son?"

"Look, Father, I drive a Toyota RAV-4. It's always the smallest car in the supermarket parking lot, and I get 26 miles to the gallon in town."

"So?"

"Well, when those critics and columnists write about these vehicles, they think gas-guzzling is a brand name."

"Son, perhaps your car isn't an SUV."

"Tell that to my insurance company; they always rate me up." "I agree, that doesn't seem fair."

"Not only that, Father, but most families today are two-car families, and one of those cars is a van. Do the math, Father."

"Sorry, not my major."

And how come, Father, that when families got smaller, cars and houses got larger?"

"As I said, theology, not sociology."

"Another thing, Father, since we're talking here, there are 50 million cell phones being recharged in this country. …

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