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Restitution and Reparation

Are we obliged to repair damage unjustly done to the property of others?

“We are obliged to repair damage unjustly done to the property of others, or to pay the amount of the damage, as far as we are able.

If we have unknowingly, by purchase or gift, obtained possession of stolen property, we are bound to restore it to the rightful owner, as soon as we learn the truth.

“Justice requires reparation of the evil we do, in so far as we have ability to make that reparation.

“If one refuses to restore stolen property or to repair damage he has unjustly done to the property of others, he cannot be forgiven.

“A person who has accidentally damaged the property of another is not obliged to repair the damage unless required by civil law. Employees are bound to take reasonable care of the property of employers.” Read more