Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On The Cardinal Virtues
Q[73] Of Backbiting Or Detraction
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We must now consider backbiting, under which head there are four points of inquiry:

A[1] What is backbiting?

A[2] Whether it is a mortal sin?

A[3] Of its comparison with other sins;

A[4] Whether it is a sin to listen to backbiting?