What should be done if
someone lies and injures someone's reputation?
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According to the
Q. What must
they do who have lied about their neighbor and seriously injured his character?
A. They who
have lied about their neighbor and seriously injured his character must repair
the injury done as far as they are able, otherwise they will not be forgiven.
According to the
Catechism of the Council of Trent...
by force or fraud, the penitent has taken anything from his neighbor, he is
bound to restitution. Likewise, if by word or deed he has injured his neighbor's
honor or reputation, he is under an obligation of repairing the injury by
procuring him some advantage or rendering him some service. Well known to all is
the maxim of St. Augustine: The sin is not forgiven unless what has been taken
away is restored."
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