Oct. 15, 2005, 8:58 a.m.

On Judging Others

It seems the reputation of people nowadays doesn't count to something. Quoting from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC in other blogs) paragraph 2477, I'm intending to remind folks about this issue.

Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury (cf. Codex Iuris Canonici, can. 220). He becomes guilty:

* of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor;
* of detraction who, without objectively valid reasons, discloses another's faults and failings to persons who did not know them (cf. Sir 21.28);
* of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them.

Most of the time the information we have is second hand and yet I see a lot of pontification from people who claim truth to their allegations. Quoting another paragraph from Luke 6.37-38, I end with Jesus' words:

"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back."