So, I have a question about gossip, or rather, celebrity gossip. Does it have the same moral repercussions that ‘regular’ gossip would have? That is, do the same rules apply to a celebrity that would to someone I personally know? I know these cases are often subjective, celebrity or otherwise, and gossip in any form should be avoided, but I’m confused. The subject of gossip is one I’ve been concentrating on lately, working to become better in avoiding it or situations leading up to it.
Here’s the situation: I was with my brother earlier, listening to the radio, and a story came up regarding a certain well-known figure who recently made a public statement. The statement sounded like a lie, to which my brother made a mention. Well, I have a friend that has done work in some capacity with this public figure, and he once mentioned something to me that related to this subject, the exact subject this public statement was about, and which, if correct, would mean the statement was a fabrication, or at least embellished.
On that front, I related the story to my brother, and even though I then clarified I may have the story wrong, or my friend may not have heard the whole thing or otherwise been mistaken, I now wish I just wouldn’t have said anything at all. Like I said, this is something I’ve been working on, and I now feel terrible. While I doubt my brother would say anything that would, or could, harm this person’s reputation (this is a BIG-name star), that’s not really the point. I just don’t know where I stand now. Mortal sin? Venial sin? No sin at all? I know, if you’re not sure, it’s probably not mortal; I don’t know if I’m rationalizing or somehow fooling myself though. It’s not like I don’t know anything about the subject, so…?
Any advice? Or is this best left to a Priest?