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Question:

When Catholics go into court they receive, as a rule, the Protestant version of the Bible upon which to take the usual oath. Is this lawful ?

Answer:

The acceptance of the Protestant version of the Bible from the officer of the court cannot, in the present case, be considered a profession of Protestantism or a denial of the Catholic faith. It is merely a pledge or sign given to the civil authority to indicate the honest purpose on the part of the person who takes the oath that he will speak the truth. If, nevertheless, a Catholic have conscientious scruples against swearing upon the book offered, he may state the fact and simply "affirm," as the Quakers do ; which form of solemn declaration is, we believe, generally accepted under our laws.