A Cancer in the Christian Life: from the desert and from Fr. Jim's bishop
first: from my friends the desert Christians.
Abba Or also said: If you have spoken evil of your brother, and you are stricken with remorse, go and kneel down before him and say, "I have spoken badly of you. Let this be my surety that I will not spread this slander any further." For detraction is death to the soul.
and then, courtesy of Fr. Jim of Dappled Things, a link to an excellent teaching by his bishop on slander and other related offences against the truth and against human dignity.
Pray for our battered suffering Church in these days of grief.