February 22. Peter opened the discussion. “Remember Vicky? Only recently has there been legislation about hate speech. Surely speaking ill of someone has been done for ever and, I think, it is even included in the Ten Commandments.” Anne, the oldest member in the group helped out, “According to the Catechism sins against the 8th commandment include calumny and detraction. What does that mean? It is to do with the reputation of others. Calumny is telling untruths about people while detraction is disclosing information that is true about someone’s faults and failings but harms their reputation.” “Could that be about someone being gay or HIV positive, or abusing their partner?” Julia wanted to know, “but not quite like gossip is it or maybe fake truth?”
How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature and set on fire by hell. Every kind of beast and bird, reptile and sea creature can be tamed, but no human being can tame the tongue, a restless evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:1-10.
Pope Francis: In the family we receive an integral education which enables us to grow harmoniously in personal maturity. We learn to ask, without demanding, to say, “thank you,” to control our aggressivity and greed and to ask forgiveness when we have caused harm. These simple gestures of heartfelt courtesy help to create a culture of shared life and respect for our surroundings. LS 212.