Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On The Cardinal Virtues
Q[74] Of Tale-bearing Or Whispering
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We must now consider tale-bearing: under which head there are two points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether tale-bearing is a sin distinct from backbiting?

A[2] Which of the two is the more grievous?