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Swearing-in, Church Law
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[German Version]

The churches enjoy a right to be sworn by virtue of their right of self-determination defined in German Basic Law art. 140 in combination with art. 137 §3 of the Weimar Constitution. Church law accordingly provides for both a forensic oath of witnesses (an assertory oath [VII]) and a promissory oath of office. In Protestant law (Canon law), use is made of the right to be sworn in primarily in the context of disciplinary and administrative proceedings, in the context of a witness’s…

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Thiele, Christoph, “Swearing-in, Church Law”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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