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"Oath of Fidelity" to the Faith of the Church
Taken by those who Serve in the Catholic Church"

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Oath of Fidelity

Formula to be used by members of the Christian faithful mentioned in Canon 833, nn. 5-8
I, N., in assuming the office of ________, promise that in my words and in my actions I shall always preserve communion with the Catholic Church.
With great care and fidelity I shall carry out the duties incumbent on me toward the Church, both universal and particular, in which, according to the provisions of the law, I have been called to exercise my service.

In fulfilling the charge entrusted to me in the name of the Church, I shall hold fast to the deposit of faith in its entirety; I shall faithfully hand it on and explain it, and I shall avoid any teachings contrary to it.

I shall follow and foster the common discipline of the entire Church and shall [maintain] or [insist on] the observance of all ecclesiastical laws, especially those contained in the Code of Canon Law.

With Christian obedience I shall follow what the Bishops, as authentic doctors and teachers of the faith, declare, or what they, as those who govern the Church, establish. I shall also [ - with due regard for the character and purpose of my institute -] faithfully assist the diocesan bishops, so that the apostolic activity exercised in the name and by mandate of the Church, may be carried out in communion with the Church.

So help me God, and God's Holy Gospels on which I place my hand. (Those who use the variations in 4 and 5 are indicated in canon 833, n. 8)
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[Source of information: The Roman Catholic Faithful, http://www.rct.org/docs/1961DocFound.html ]

See also:
The Responsibility of Bishops & Superiors to Dissenters in the Catholich Church
The Responsibility of Bishops to Maintain Authentic Church Teaching in His Diocese