I was visiting Fr. Daren Zehnle's blog and he posted something about rumors and how someone in his parish had started one about his leaving the parish. Fr. Zehnle makes it very clear that it was a false statement and was bothered by the rumor because it caused those who heard it to become sad and upset.
Reading it made me realize how easy it is for rumors to start, all it takes it someone suspecting something to be true and mention whatever it is to another and it just keeps going and going. I promise to make a conscience effort not to repeat things I hear from others, not matter how insignificant it may seem.
A rumor of any kind can be hurtful, no matter how small, there are always feelings that are hurt in the process.
One of the things that Fr. Zehnle says is "I've said before that no sin will lead us faster to hell than gossip."