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At 12:07 11.5.2003 -0400, John Cowan wrote:

>The Catholic church, which has reasons to distinguish kinds of sins,
>does make this distinction, thus making the types of lies threefold:
>malicious, officious, and jocose lies.  Officious lies are those told
>to benefit oneself or another.

Is jocose lies a sin at all?  And where do they draw the line between
lies and fiction?

/ B.Philip Jonsson B^)
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