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Uruguay’s cardinal appeals for flexibility as nation implements new drunk-driving law

December 31, 2015

Appealing to “common sense,” Cardinal Daniel Sturla of Montevideo called for flexibility for priests as the nation implements a new law against drunk driving.

Under the new law, the legal blood alcohol limit has been reduced from 0.03% to 0.0%. The prelate expressed concern that priests who drive after offering Mass may face penalties and said that civil authorities have not responded to his queries.


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  • Posted by: FredC - Jan. 01, 2016 10:05 AM ET USA

    I hope Obama does not learn of this. A limit of 0.0% (i.e., no blood alcohol) would certainly allow yet another way to persecute the Church -- as Obamacare is persecuting the Little Sisters of the Poor.

  • Posted by: cincinnatus - Jan. 01, 2016 7:31 AM ET USA

    With the thousands of important news items you could choose to include in your daily news bulletin, you seem to be tending more and more toward checkout-counter journalism. The Uruguayan traffic code is not something the universal church needs to be informed about. But by the way, what will happen when the first (excepted) priest has an accident after Mass? The law seems good, and if Father can find someone to drive him,he should probably examine his own pastoral conscience.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Dec. 31, 2015 10:36 PM ET USA

    To quote an American icon: "Stupid is as stupid does."

  • Posted by: Jim.K - Dec. 31, 2015 4:41 PM ET USA

    There are three easy solutions to this concern. 1. Don't drive for an hour or so after Mass. 2. Have a "designated" driver. 3. Do what (former) alcoholic priests do. Just a small taste of the consecrated wine is all that is required. Why not be an example to the people and support this common sense civil law? An exception for priests will lead to other exceptions. And what bad publicity will the Church sustain when/or if a priest has an accident and is at or over the "exceptional" limit?