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What Is Detraction?


What is detraction? What are some basic principles to help me examine my conscience with respect to this sin?


The Baltimore Catechism (Q 1311) defines detraction as “revealing the sins of another without necessity.”

So the basic questions we need to ask ourselves when a situation arises where we might reveal someone else’s sins:

  • What is my motivation for sharing this information?
  • Am I trying to make myself look better or someone else look worse?
  • What good, if any, will come out of sharing this information?
  • Am I taking pleasure in sharing this information?
  • If the “shoe was on the other foot,” would I feel someone would be justified in sharing this about me or someone I love?
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