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The Complete Catholic Handbook

The Complete Catholic Handbook

The Second Commandment

  1. What is the second Commandment?
  2. What are we commanded by the second Commandment?
  3. What does the second Commandment forbid?
  4. Is it ever lawful to swear or to take an oath?

  1. What is the second Commandment?
    The second Commandment is, ‘Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain’. In vain. Without necessity, uselessly, not respectfully.

  2. What are we commanded by the second Commandment?
    By the second Commandment we are commanded to speak with reverence to God and all holy persons and things, and to keep our lawful oaths and vows.

    Lawful. That which is according to the rule of law.

    Oath. To call God to witness the truth of what we say. An oath must have the qualities of truth, judgment, and justice. (Jer. 4:2)

    Vows. Deliberate promises made to God to do something supernatural, which we are not already bound to perform.

  3. What does the second Commandment forbid?
    The second Commandment forbids all false, rash, unjust, and unnecessary oaths; as also blaspheming, cursing, and profane words.

    False oaths. Those which are not true. Taking a false oath is called perjury.

    Rash oaths. Those taken without sufficient judgment or reflection.

    Unjust oaths. Those taken with the intention of doing wrong.

    Unnecessary oaths. Those taken without sufficient reason.

    Blaspheming. Speaking in an evil or impious manner of God or His Saints, or any holy thing relating to God.

    Cursing. Calling down evil or harm on ourselves or our neighbour, or on any of God’s creatures.

    Profane words. Speaking in a light or joking manner, or making game of anything belonging to God or His service.

  4. Is it ever lawful to swear or to take an oath?
    It is lawful to swear, or take an oath, only when God’s honour, or our own, or our neighbour’s good requires it.

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