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  2. 2. • The Seventh Commandment – You shall not steal • This commandment forbids taking something that rightfully belongs to another • Respect for a person includes respecting their possessions
  3. 3. • The seventh commandment also tells us to: - Keep promises - Honor contracts - Pay fair wages - Not damage property - Make restitution (repair what you damage) - Do a good job in your work - Not cheat - Not plagiarize (stealing intellectual property)
  4. 4. • Political authorities have a responsibility to promote the common good • Respect for the poor - Jesus instructed His followers in the Works of Mercy. These are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbors • The Works of Mercy allow us to love God’s people through our actions, giving of ourselves instead of always taking
  5. 5. • The Corporal Works of Mercy – help with physical needs: - Feed the hungry and drink to the thirsty - Shelter the homeless - Clothe the naked - Visit the sick and imprisoned - Give alms (donations) to the poor - Bury the dead with dignity
  6. 6. • The Spiritual Works of Mercy allow us to help others with emotional and spiritual needs: - Admonish (warn) sinner - Counsel the doubtful - Comfort the sorrowful - Forgive all injuries - Bear wrongs patiently - Pray for the living and the dead
  7. 7. • The Tenth Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods • The tenth commandment expands on the lessons of the seventh • The tenth commandment forbids greed and the desire to amass earthly goods without limit • This commandment requires us to banish envy from our hearts
  8. 8. • The Eighth Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
  9. 9. • Sins against the eighth commandment include: - outright lying - “stretching” or twisting the truth - detraction – making comments that damage a person’s reputation - slander – accusing an innocent person of wrongdoing - rash judgment – making a judgment about a person’s character before you know all the facts
  10. 10. - disparaging comments – putting a person down, as though they are beneath human dignity - hypocrisy- “phony” behavior; showing yourself to be of moral character, but behaving in a way that goes against these traits - duplicity – dishonest behavior that is meant to trick another person - gossip – discussing someone else’s business - concealing the truth when doing so will cause harm
  11. 11. • The eighth commandment requires respect for the truth - There are times we must respect the privacy of others - information that is confidential must be kept - However, when there is danger to the safety of another, or for the good of the community, we may be obliged to reveal the truth to proper authorities
  12. 12. • The Seal of Confession is the absolute duty of priests not to disclose anything they learn from a person during the sacrament of Reconciliation +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++