Daily Series on the Catechism


Section Two:  The Ten Commandments

Chapter 2:  “You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”

Article 8,  The Eighth Commandment (cont’d)

In Brief

§ 2504  “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). Christ’s disciples have “put on the new man, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).

§ 2505  Truth or truthfulness is the virtue which consists in showing oneself true in deeds and truthful in words, and guarding against duplicity [deceitfulness], dissimulation [dishonesty], and hypocrisy.

§ 2506  The Christian is not to “be ashamed of testifying to our Lord” (2 Timothy 1:8) in deed and word. Martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith.

§ 2507  Respect for the reputation and honor of persons forbids all detraction [disparagement] and calumny [slander] in word or attitude.

§ 2508  Lying consists in saying what is false with the intention of deceiving one’s neighbor.

§ 2509  An offense committed against the truth requires reparation.

§ 2510  The Golden Rule helps one discern, in concrete situations, whether or not it would be appropriate to reveal the truth to someone who asks for it.

[The Golden Rule: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12a).]

§ 2511  “The Sacramental Seal [in Confession] is inviolable” (CIC, canon 983 § 1). Professional secrets must be kept. Confidences prejudicial to another are not to be divulged.

§ 2512  Society has a right to information based on truth, freedom, and justice. One should practice moderation and discipline in the use of the social communications media.

§ 2513  The fine arts, but above all sacred art, “of their nature are directed toward expressing in some way the infinite beauty of God in works made by human hands. Their dedication to the increase of God’s praise and of His glory is more complete, the more exclusively they are devoted to turning men’s minds devoutly toward God” (SC 122).

Tomorrow – Article 9,  The Ninth Commandment

(Part III, Section 2, Chapter 2 – to be continued)

[Editor’s Note:  The abbreviations in today’s posting are noted below.]

  • “CIC” – “Codex Iuris Canonici [Code of Canon Law]”
  • “SC” – “Sacrosanctum Concilium [Sacred Council]”, Vatican Council II
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