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In light of the current media trend of reporting and resorting to fake news and gossiping, and some netizens are somehow careless in becoming an instruments to spread it.

Some social media users already have a habit of not making a diligent effort to verify the truthfulness of the news, and a lot of people who post on comments even link the fake news and worst posted it on their channels, clearly either unaware or intentionally to malign the character of a person.

The subject of fake news usually is a recipient of character assassination and maligning one's dignity.

The common habits in social media is sharing or posting "FAKE NEWS" and gossiping "FAKE NEWS" both action will end up damaging the subject's/person's character.

Has the Catholic Church particularly cited or considered sharing "FAKE NEWS" and gossiping "FAKE NEWS" as a griveous/mortal offense to God commandments especially if this common thing/actions in the mainstream & social media becomes habitual?

  • @Geremia "Pope Francis sees origin of fake news in the snake's lies in the Garden of Eden". latimes.com/world/europe/… – marian agustin Aug 23 '18 at 23:38
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    Okay, so by "fake news" means lies. Why not just ask about whether spreading lies is a sin. – Geremia Aug 24 '18 at 3:03
  • @Geremia it's the termed or phrase in the digital age. fake news is the world of social media today. So, I think it's high time for the Church to include the term in the Examination of Conscience so the members is guided in particulars to their current behavior.thanks – marian agustin Aug 24 '18 at 3:06
  • I'd suggest that part of the reason this question was so poorly received was because it was more propaganda than question. You asked whether the RCC had ever done something, knowing full well that they had not, and –based on your own comments– did so because you thought it was "high time they did". In other words this entire post was trying to draw attention to something you perceived as an issue, not an attempt to learn something. At least that's the way it reads — and I think that explains a lot of the negative reactions. – Caleb Aug 30 '18 at 7:12
  • no, it's always been the case, if you highlight a positive news or qualities of Pope Francis, then expect the downvote to fall. look at my answer below, it's all quoted but yet they dislike the truth coming from Pope Francis.you can check the many thread answers & questions relating to Pope Francis.it wont be hard to figure out the truth.thanks. – marian agustin Aug 30 '18 at 8:44
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Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

The Eighth Commandment condemns lying. Because God is regarded as the author of all truth, the Church believes that humans are obligated to honor the truth. The most obvious way to fulfill this commandment is not to lie — intentionally deceive another by speaking a falsehood. So a good Catholic is who you want to buy a used car from. Source

Whether it is a mortal sin or not 3 conditions must be met:

  1. An act of grave matter that is…
  2. Committed with full knowledge and…
  3. Deliberate consent.

More on mortal sin here

  • I'm looking if the word "did I spread fake news or gossip fake news" in the Examination of Conscience guidelines before Confession if the Church had included that pondering.,as this kind of action is somehow habitual already in social media, and bordering on satisfying the 3 conditions already.thanks. – marian agustin Aug 22 '18 at 12:11
  • I thought it was pretty clear the question wasn't asking about deliberately spreading misleading information, but about people who aren't diligent enough in their checking of the veracity of what they share. – curiousdannii Aug 22 '18 at 12:17
  • @marianagustin, "fake news" is a modern term and basically means lies. And lies are included in the Examination of Conscience guidelines before Confession. – Grasper Aug 22 '18 at 13:26
  • @curiousdannii, the question was highlighted in bold. And that's what I gave the answer to. – Grasper Aug 22 '18 at 13:28
  • Not all fake news is from Satan, I enjoy a good April Fools story every once and awhile. "The Catholic Church teaches that for a sin to be mortal the three condition must be present." True! "But knowing that fake news originates from Satan himself the probability that we are committing a mortal sin is very high, and the worst we belong to the Father of Lies." I am not too sure that is completely true. Like most things related to gossip, it will also depend on the seriousness of the subject matter. Saying that a pope has an ingrown toenail when he does not, would not be a mortal sin. – Ken Graham Aug 24 '18 at 22:51

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