According to the
Catechism of the Council of Trent... (emphasis added)
"Oaths are of
two kinds. The first is an affirmatory oath, and is taken when we
religiously affirm anything, past or present. Such was the affirmation of the
Apostle in his Epistle to the Galatians: Behold, before God, I lie not. The
second kind, to which comminations may be reduced, is called promissory.
It looks to the future, and is taken when we promise and affirm for certain that
such or such a thing will be done. Such was the oath of David, who, swearing by
the Lord his God, promised to Bethsabee his wife that her son Solomon should be
heir to his kingdom and successor to his throne."
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