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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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Is sharing “FAKE NEWS” and gossiping “FAKE NEWS” a mortal sin?

Fake news spreads faster and more widely than true news, according to a study examining how 126,000 news items circulated among 3 million Twitter users.

“This is the most comprehensive descriptive account of true and false information spreading on social media that we have to date”, says Dean Eckles, a social scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (MIT) who was not involved in the work1.

Untrue ‘news’ is as old as gossip, but its proliferation has become particularly troubling in the era of social media. False stories amplified on Facebook and Twitter, such as the claim that Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump’s candidacy for the US presidency, have been implicated in tilting election outcomes.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02934-x

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?

Let's hear directly from Pope Francis what are his views regarding "fake news"

1.Pope Francis sees origin of fake news in the snake's lies in the Garden of Eden

2.Francis pinned responsibility for the start of disinformation on the "crafty serpent," who, according to the Bible, "at the dawn of humanity, created the first fake news."

3.By persuading Eve there was nothing wrong with eating an apple from the tree of knowledge, despite the stern warning from God not to do so, the snake, with fake news, "began the tragic history of human sin," Francis wrote.

4.Describing the Bible's snake as the "skilled 'Father of Lies,'" he said it relied on a "sly and dangerous form of seduction that worms its way into the heart with false and alluring arguments."

He warned, "Even a seemingly slight distortion of the truth can have dangerous effects."

5.Francis stated that the most insidious aspect of fake news was its ability to mimic real news and be "captious" — meaning able to grab attention — "by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration."

6."Untrue stories can spread so quickly that even authoritative denials fail to contain the damage," he said. "The tragedy of disinformation is that it discredits others, presenting them as enemies, to the point of demonizing them and fomenting conflict. Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred."

7.Francis quoted the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky to explain how pushing fake news can also be self-destructive.

"People who lie to themselves and listen to their own lie come to such a pass that they cannot distinguish the truth within them, or around them, and so lose all respect for themselves and for others."

Lastly, Pope Francis challenges all journalist with his words;

"Amid feeding frenzies and the mad rush for a scoop, [journalists] must remember that the heart of information is not the speed with which it is reported or its audience impact, but persons," he said. Journalism is "not just a job, it is a mission."

Answer

Is sharing “FAKE NEWS” and gossiping “FAKE NEWS” a mortal sin?

If Satan is the origin or the first one to utter the fake news, then those people who formed a habit of sharing and gossiping fake news is resembling the "snake tactics" of Satan himself.

As scriptures said in John8:44

John 8:44 New International Version (NIV)

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

The Catholic Church teaches that for a sin to be mortal the three condition must be present. But knowing that fake news originates from Satan himself the probability that we are committing a mortal sin is ver high, and the worst we belong to the Father of Lies.

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