I am a little scrupulous, but anyway…
I have a coworker who likes to discuss what the other one is doing. As I’m listening, I was consciously thinking- OK do not gossip here, it’s a sin. I have been roped in a few times in the past.
So, as I’m listening I responded by trying to honestly explain the person’s motives in terms of work objectives. I also tried to be comparative in order to say different people have different styles. I also indicated my own style is the opposite of the person in question.
Long story short, I didn’t say anything bad about the person. However, I didn’t say anything good either. I don’t agree with the person’s approach, but I do not think the person is being malicious.
Did I commit a mortal sin ?