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Q. 1. What does the Catholic Church say about people who make a rash judgment?

A. 1. A rash judgment is defined as believing, without sufficient reason, something harmful to anotherís character.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church forbids such actions as follows:

# 2477 "Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty:"

"- of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor;"

# 2478 "To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor's thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way:"

"Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another's statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. And if the latter understands it badly, let the former correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved."

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