the Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following:2483 Lying is the most direct offense against the truth. To lie is to speak or act against the truth in order to lead someone into error. By injuring man’s relation to truth and to his neighbor, a lie offends against the fundamental relation of man and of his word to the Lord.
2488 The right to the communication of the truth is not unconditional. Everyone must conform his life to the Gospel precept of fraternal love. This requires us in concrete situations to judge whether or not it is appropriate to reveal the truth to someone who asks for it.
2489 Charity and respect for the truth should dictate the response to every request for information or communication. The good and safety of others, respect for privacy, and the common good are sufficient reasons for being silent about what ought not be known or for making use of a discreet language. The duty to avoid scandal often commands strict discretion. No one is bound to reveal the truth to someone who does not have the right to know it.
A simple question, which need not be answered me personally but should maybe be answered readers of this blog: how many priests think that a man being described as a dangerous maniac by civil authorities who rely on psychiatry is a reason enough to withhold truth obstinately from him? And how far do they think they have a right to go in "withholding truth", up to lying to him so he cannot defend himself legally by not being told how he is calumnied?
A related one: how many of them think they could have handled refusals of truth time after time when being themselves honest and reasonably peaceful and the refusal ruining their peaceful plans for themselves and their happiness and also for doing good?
St Simon and St Flavian
and St Bernadette of Lourdes
i e 18 Febr, Y o o L 2011