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I have spent most of my career as a French professor and a research librarian, and have been reinventing myself as a writer. I’m...

Detraction and the Law

As for the previous post, I have a second point to make. Speaking up for the unborn is a positive act. We do not go out to crucify those who have had abortions. Many act in ignorance, and God has given us the tools, the means, and the knowledge to show us what abortion really is. It’s an effort at the correction of conscience. However, to bring up a person’s private failings is a destructive act, which is called “detraction”. Detraction works to destroy a person’s reputation in society and is a sin against charity. That’s in the Catechism. This is because the law which underlies all the Commandments is the law of love. We work to live according to these laws, which is why practically the entire world longs for the freedom of America. Our laws support this concern for the reputation of others. Therefore, we do not levy misery on those who have had abortions. We peacefully pray to end abortion, sometimes publicly at those clinics. Abortion is a sin which God forgives with repentance, however, repentance is needed for salvation, and many do not realize this.

Padre Pio made it clear to one woman that abortion “is a sin. It’s a great sin.” Just so’s you know. But the privacy and dignity and reputation of others is also important, especially since all sin. Therefore, our struggle is to save the unborn and to end abortion where possible.

It seems to me that this country has become very concerned with “outing” other people for their supposed sins, which they may or may not have committed. It’s a rather foolish thing to do since everyone has each their own set of faults. It should keep us humble and always working to improve. Padre Pio said frequent confession would solve the problems in the West. It’s also the way I have kicked bad habits myself, not claiming perfection or anything. You don’t have to be a criminal to go to Confession. It’s a way of staying close to God and keeping yourself on track. The ultimate prize is well worth the effort!

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