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68. Unjust Accusation

1. To denounce an evil-doer is to declare hisfault openly in the hope that he may mend his ways. Toaccuse a man is to declare his fault for the purpose ofseeing him punished. Yet even punishment looks to amendment-if notalways for the one subjected to it, at least for the commonwealth.Punishment in this world is always medicinal. If a man knows of acrime against the common good, already committed or being plotted,he is obliged to make due accusation, provided he can back it withproof.

2. Accusation, to be truly lawful, must be set down inwriting. Merely oral utterances are likely to be carelessly made,inaccurately understood, and readily forgotten.

3. Rash accusation is sinful, for it involves calumny,collusion, or evasion. Calumny is a false charge. Collusion isfraud or trickery on the part of accusers, when these are two ormore. Evasion is the making of a charge and then trying to shiftout of the inconvenience that follows for the accuser. The commongood is hurt by calumny, collusion, and evasion. Hence rashaccusation is always unjust.

4. An accuser who fails to prove his charge has unjustlyput a man in danger of penalty. Such an accuser should be himselfpenalized.

"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
St Philip Neri

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