Q. 1. What is the meaning of the word "detraction" in Catholic teachings?
A. 1. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 2477,
"Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty:
- of detraction who, without objectively valid reason, discloses another's faults and failings to persons who did not know them;" [C.C.C. # 2477]
On this matter, the Bible states:
"A whisperer degrades himself and is hated in his neighborhood." [Sir. 21:28] (NRSVCE)
In summary, "detraction" means to make known, without good reason, the hidden faults of others.