Monday, February 19, 2007

Calumny, Slander, and Detraction

Father Jim Tucker has an excellent post about calumny and detraction. If we Catholics do nothing else for Lent, let us at least work on rooting out such bad habits. I have seen more friendships and relationships in church-related groups destroyed by gossip and slander, as well as unity in extended families. Catholics who are already beleaguered by the unbelieving world often find rejection in the Church due to some careless gossip. Be careful what you say about people, even if you know what you say is true; especially, use discretion in what you put on your blog. Only God knows all the details; only He knows both sides of the story. We believing Catholics should support each other, not tear each other down. Share

4 comments:

Steven said...

Dear M. Vidal,

Most excellent advice and well spoken. Thank you.

shalom,

Steven

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, Steven.

Georgette said...

Yes that is excellently said (as usual). Somebody sent me this link, which is related to this, although much more specific ("gossip" about priests and bishops):

The Danger of Criticizing Bishops and Priests:
http://www.ignatius.com/magazines/hprweb/morrow.htm

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks so much, Georgette! Especially for the link. Yes, we all need to think before we click on "Send" or "Publish."