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Would it be appropriate for a Catholic to pledge allegiance to the Bible?

Full Question

A Protestant-dominated homeschool group requires all to pledge allegiance to the Bible, which goes something like this: “I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word, I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.” Is it appropriate for a Catholic to say this pledge?

Answer

First, Jesus is God’s Word; the Bible is God’s words. The idea of Catholic children reciting this pledge is troubling, as it could confuse them about the Protestant belief in sola scriptura. Catholics do not believe in the doctrine of sola scriptura, the idea that the Bible is our only source of revelation. Instead, Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the teaching authority of the Church are the Church’s sources of certainty about everything which has been revealed (Dei Verbum 9).










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  1. Kathy Hatch Reply

    Wouldn’t see a problem,Which bible are they using. It would have to be a Catholic bible.I doubt they would use that.

  2. Bryan Reply

    The Bible is not a stand-alone source of all knowledge of God. Thus, to pledge to it alone is to throw out the Church and flush Tradition down the toilet.

  3. Jared Studelska Reply

    fun fact: biblical literists turn into atheists at a surprisingly high rate. the bible is not unassailable. to base your faith solely on the words of men, however inspired, is foolish.

  4. Mike S Clifford Reply

    Hmm. I don’t see why not. To pledge allegiance to the Bible would be to pledge allegiance to the Church which is the Spotless Bride and Mystical Body of Christ Himself.

  5. Martha Brown Fuller Reply

    The Psalmist claimed the Bible was a lamp to his feet and a light this path. (Psalm 119) Don’t Catholics read the Psalms?

  6. Amos Reply

    I don’t see anything wrong with the pledge. I mean, it didn’t exclude the Church, sacraments, &c. Nowhere does it touch on the “sola” in sola scriptura, although it might be the real basis. I can say those words without any blot on my conscience… After all, it’s just a paraphrase of Psalms, and doesn’t throw anything else out. I don’t think the Protestants themselves mean to throw out their church just for the Bible, do they?

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