Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On The Cardinal Virtues
Q[88] Of Vows
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Of Vows (TWELVE ARTICLES)

We must now consider vows, whereby something is promised to God. Under this head there are twelve points of inquiry:

A[1] What is a vow?

A[2] What is the matter of a vow?

A[3] Of the obligation of vows;

A[4] Of the use of taking vows;

A[5] Of what virtue is it an act?

A[6] Whether it is more meritorious to do a thing from a vow, than without a vow?

A[7] Of the solemnizing of a vow;

A[8] Whether those who are under another's power can take vows?

A[9] Whether children may be bound by vow to enter religion?

A[10] Whether a vow is subject to dispensation or commutation?

A[11] Whether a dispensation can be granted in a solemn vow of continence?

A[12] Whether the authority of a superior is required in a dispensation from a vow?