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The Eighth Commandment “You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor”

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1 The Eighth Commandment “You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor”

2 The Eight Commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” This commandment teaches us that we must be truthful in what we say and do. It also teaches us to bear witness to the truth. We are not to be deceptive in what we say. We are to respect the reputation and honor of all persons. This commandment also forbids gossiping, rumor- mongering, slander, and libel Sins to avoid: lying, deception, calumny, betrayal Virtues to be acquired: truthfulness, honesty

3 The Eight Commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” God, who is all truth, wills the truth (CCC 2464) By his very nature, man tends toward the truth and expects the truth (2467) In addition to lying, offenses against the truth include perjury, rash judgment, detraction, calumny. Boasting, flattery, adulation

4 The Eight Commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” But What About Keeping Secrets? Sometimes, it is necessary to keep a secret especially in cases where its revelation may cause harm, or scandal, or betrayal. This includes professional confidence and the oath of confession. Keeping secrets is not the same as telling a lie. CCC

5 The Eight Commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” So When Is It Appropriate For Remaining Silent And Not Revealing The Truth? If keeping silent is for the good and safety of other people. If keeping silent is for the safety of the common good. If keeping silent is in respect for privacy.

6 The Eight Commandment “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” The Role of the Media The media play a crucial and influential role in modern society. Therefore, the Church urges that the media must provide information that is “at the service of the common good.” (CCC ) The media has two obligations: (CCC 2497) 1) to serve the truth 2) to not offend against charity in the dissemination of information

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