Friday, 2 November 2012

Did Becket Perjure Himself?

Did Becket perjure himself?

Society of Antiquaries of London (1786). Archaeologia, or, Miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity. The Society. pp. 1–.

George Lyttelton (1767). The History Of The Life of King Henry the Second, And of the Age in which He Lived: In Five Books: To which is Prefixed, A History of the Revolutions of England From the Death of Edward the Consessor to the Birth of Henry the Second. Notes To The Second And Third Books Of The History Of The Life of King Henry the Second : With an Appendix to each. Sandby and Dodsley. pp. 140–.

Oath and Sin of Perjury

An oath is an invocation to God to witness the truth of a statement.  ... It is, in effect, an act of homage rendered by the creature to the wisdom and omnipotence of the Creator ... To swear falsely constitutes the sin of perjury, always mortal in its nature: for it is an insult to the Divine Truth to call God in witness to a lie. ... In a promissory oath, we call on God not only as a witness of our desire to fulfil the promise we make, but also as a guarantee and pledge for its future execution; 

Perjury is the crime of taking a false oath. To the guilt of the sin of lying it adds an infraction of the virtue of religion. An oath properly taken is an act of worship because it implies that God as witness to the truth is omniscient and infallible. 


Delany, Joseph. "Perjury." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. 5 Nov. 2012 <>.

Vander Heeren, Achille. "Oaths." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 11. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. 5 Nov. 2012 <>.

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