What is the definition of the Sin of detraction? Does something has to cause harm? What if a person was shocked by an apathetic attitude of an anonimous group of people and they communicated this shock to their frineds? In this case know one’s reputation is harmed because the names of the group members are unknown. What if, in this same situation, the person mocked this attitude of apathy; would it reach that level of mortal sin?
Also, what if a person is around a group that is gossiping and they decide not to say anything to avoid sinning. Eventually someone says something about someone that this person agrees with. As a result, they instantly show that they agree. Immediately afterwards, they realize that they shouldn’t have done that. In this sitaution, how guilty would this person be?