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  1. Ah! You found it! The "Jesuit Oath" strawman is old, boring, and debunked many times previously. The credence you pay to a supposed "Jesuit oath" found on a website blighted with a lack of source citation is incredible!

    The history of this forgery is no secret. It was found in the writings of well-known 17th century forger, Robert Ware. In the early 20th century, it was again used to malign the reputation of a Roman Catholic candidate for U.S. Congress, Eugene Bonniwell. His opponents in the Pennsylvania election circulated copies of the alleged oath [they referred to it as an oath of the Knights of Columbus]. When congress investigated this, at Mr. Bonniwell's request, the alleged oath was entered into congressional record – and acknowledged by both parties as a forgery.

    Attacking a strawman can be useful. This is done all the time in politics and public life. It is, however, a dishonest endeavor. The truth of the matter is this: you can find more support quickly if you make sure people are distrustful or afraid of your opponent. Spreading fear, uncertaintity, and doubt about your opponent is a sure way to draw crowds closer to your side.

    Seeking information about Catholicism from vociferous opponents of the Church guarantees you'll find yourself in posession of few objectively true facts about the faith.

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