Is thinking bad of someone or accusing him/her a sin?

Like for example thinking about the person before they start playing cards that he/she will cheat or before a meal that she/he will eat as a glutton . Is accusing someone after they commited something bad equal to judging?

From this and other posts, it sounds like you have some scrupulous and compulsive thought issues and I would encourage you to talk to your pastor.


An troublesome employee of my organization became gravely ill. My first thought on hearing the news was, ‘If she dies, I won’t have to deal with her anymore.’

I immediately corrected myself, but the fact remained: I didn’t really feel bad about thinking that thought.

I spoke to my priest about it. He laughed and said we’ve all felt that way about someone at some point in our lives. :wink:

I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault,** in my thoughts and in my words**, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Remember that Christ promised to send us an Advocate, a Counselor to help us - the Holy Spirit. But, who is it that opposes the Advocate? The accuser. Who is that? The devil. When we accuse (and we do this in so many ways), we are emulating the devil and not Christ.

To control or avoid scrupulosity, here are the 10 Commandments against scrupulosity from the Fathers of Mercy:

1. Do not repeat prayers, no matter how badly they may have been prayed, even if the prayers were given to you as a penance during the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).

2. Do not repeat the confession of sins that have already been confessed and which have never been re-committed.

3. If you doubt the earnestness of your sorrow in Confession, consider the sorrow as having been adequate.

4. If you are doubtful as to whether a past action committed was sinful, mention it simply to your confessor.

5. If you are worrying that maybe you never confessed a certain sin from your past, consider it confessed. If you know for a fact that you have never confessed that sin, then confess it simply. The Holy Spirit does not torment us with doubts and/or guilt; rather, He always brings peace as He awakens our conscience to our sins.
(cf. 2 Corinthians 7:10-11: “Indeed, sorrow for God’s sake produces a repentance without regrets, leading to salvation, whereas worldly sorrow brings death. Just look at the fruit of this sorrow which stems from God. What a measure of holy zeal it has brought you.”)

6. Examine your conscience for no longer than three minutes each day, and for no longer than about ten minutes before you go to Confession.

7. If you have prayed at the time of temptation, you can be sure you did not commit a mortal sin.

8. If you have a history of scrupulosity, and you have made a General Confession at some time in your past, do not make another General Confession. Once a month is a good norm for the frequency of a regular Confession.

9. If possible, go to Confession to the same confessor-priest.

10.Most importantly, cultivate a humble heart by complete obedience to the direction of your confessor. Be patient with yourself. Love is the goal of all our lives. It is important to remember that scrupulosity usually (and, quite often, ultimately) stems from one’s personal pride or arrogance, as though the scrupulous person holds this personal opinion: “I have a higher norm than most normal people.”

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