"St. Gregory declares, 'There is no doubt that those who indulge in backbiting others, feed on their flesh.' Making himself equal to God, the backbiter pretends to examine hearts and discern the most secret things in man, even his intentions. He would wrest God's sword from His hand if he could. The backbiter is so fond of human flesh, he often spares not even his own relatives." ~ Fr. Belet, Sins of the Tongue. Image: Gossip, Edmund Blair Leighton.