I read this paragraph of the CCC and it kind of shocked me:
“**2487 **Every offense committed against justice and truth entails the duty of reparation, even if its author has been forgiven. When it is impossible publicly to make reparation for a wrong, it must be made secretly. If someone who has suffered harm cannot be directly compensated, he must be given moral satisfaction in the name of charity. This duty of reparation also concerns offenses against another’s reputation. This reparation, moral and sometimes material, must be evaluated in terms of the extent of the damage inflicted. It obliges in conscience.”
Uhhh, I’m a convert, and I’ve lied more times than I can event count. However, my lies have never (to the best of my knowledge) hurt anyone or caused anyone to suffer. They were always either either lies of convenience or lies for sympathy/pity or whatever. And even know, I admit that even since I started RCIA and everything, I have told a prof or two that I was sick when I wasn’t and things like that (I know that was wrong, too).
Does that paragraph seriously mean that we have a moral obligation to tell everyone all the things we ever lied to them about? Not only would that hurt me (my grades, trust, and reputation with loved ones/professors/etc.), but it would also hurt THEM (I mean my loved ones) to hear a litany of confessions of all the times I lied to them, and I think it would also hurt them even to know some of the lies I told.
None of the lies I told have me in a position where I have to continue to lie in order to keep them up; they’re old and gone. I confessed them and, since no one else’s life had been harmed by my actions, assumed that my moral obligation at that point was just to try not to lie anymore in the future. No confessor ever even hinted that I should tell anyone that I had lied to them, and I’ve confessed lying to several.
What does that paragraph of the CCC mean? I’m panicking just thinking about having to tell all my loved ones, professors, colleagues, etc. about all the lies I’ve ever told! Please help!
Thanks and God bless.