2505 Truth or truthfulness is the virtue which consists in showing oneself true in deeds and truthful in words, and guarding against duplicity, dissimulation and hypocrisy.

2506 The Christian is not to ‘be ashamed of test ~fying to our Lord’ (2 Tim 1:8) in deed and word. Martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith.

2507 Respect for the reputation and honour of persons forbids all detraction and calumny in word or attitude.

2508 Lying consists in saying what is false with the intention of deceiving one’s neighbour.

2509 An offence committed against the truth requires reparation.

2510 The golden rule helps one discern, in concrete situations, whether or not it would be appropriate to reveal the truth to someone who asks for it.

2511 ‘The sacramental seal is inviolable’ (CIC, can. 983 §i). Professional secrets must be kept. Confidences prejudicial to another are not to be divulged.

2512 Society has a right to information based on truth,freedom and justice. One should practise moderation and discipline in the use of the social communications media.

2513 The fine arts, but above all sacred art, ‘of their nature are directed toward expressing in some way the infinite beauty of God in works made by human hands. Their dedication to the increase of God’s praise and of his glory is more complete, the more exclusively they are devoted to turning men’s minds devoutly toward God’ (SC 122).

Article 9


You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbour’s.~~8

Every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.299 2514 St John distinguishes three kinds of covetousness or con 377, 400 cupiscence: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life.300 In the Catholic catechetical tradition, the ninth commandment forbids carnal concupiscence; the tenth forbids coveting another’s goods. 405 25 15 Etymologically, ‘concupiscence’ can refer to any intense