COMPENDIUM: CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
523. What is forbidden by the eighth commandment?
The eighth commandment forbids:
-false witness, perjury, and lying, the gravity of which
is measured by the truth it deforms, the circumstances, the
intentions of the one who lies, and the harm suffered by its -rush judgment, slander, defamation and calumny which
diminish or destroy the good reputation and honor to which -flattery, adulation, or complaisance, especially if directed
to serious sins or toward the achievement of illicit advantages.
A sin committed against truth demands reparation if it has caused harm to others.
524. What is required by the eighth commandment?
The eighth commandment requires respect for the truth
accompanied by the discretion of charity in the field of communication and the imparting of information, where the
personal and common good, the protection of privacy and the danger of scandal must all be taken into account; in respecting
professional secrets which must be kept, save in exceptional cases for grave and proportionate reasons; and also in
respecting confidences given under the seal of secrecy.
525. How is one to use the means of social communication?
The information provided by the media must be at the service of the common good. Its content must be true and-within the limits and justice
and charity-also complete.
Furthermore, information must be communicated honestly and
properly with scrupulous respect for moral laws and the legitimate rights and dignity of the person.
526. What relationship exists between truth, beauty and
The truth is beautiful, carrying in itself the splendour of spiritual
beauty. In addition to the expression of the truth in words there are other complementary expressions of the truth, most
specifically in the beauty of artistic works. These are the fruit both of talents given by God and of human effort. Sacred art by
being true and beautiful should evoke and glorify the mystery of God made visible in Christ, and lead to the adoration and love
of God, the Creator and Savior, who is the surpassing, invisible
Beauty of Truth and Love.
THE NINTH COMMANDMENT: YOU SHALL NOT COVET YOUR NEIGHBOR’S WIFE
527. What is required by the ninth commandment?
The ninth commandment requires that one overcome carnal concupiscence in thought and in desire. The struggle against
such concupiscence entails purifying the heart and practicing the
virtue of temperance.