The Eighth Commandment
219. What is the eighth Commandment?
The eighth Commandment is, 'Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour'.
220. What does the eighth Commandment forbid?
The eighth Commandment forbids all false testimony, rash judgment, and lies.
221. Are calumny and detraction forbidden by the eighth Commandment?
Calumny and detraction are forbidden by the eighth Commandment, and also tale-bearing and any words which injure our neighbour's character.
222. If you have injured your neighbour by speaking ill of him, what are you bound to do?
If I have injured my neighbour by speaking ill of him, I am bound to make him satisfaction by restoring his good name as far as I can.
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