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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.

"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."
Thomas á Kempis

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