Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On The Cardinal Virtues
Q[103] Of Dulia
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We must now consider the parts of observance. We shall consider (1) dulia, whereby we pay honor and other things pertaining thereto to those who are in a higher position; (2) obedience, whereby we obey their commands.

Under the first head there are four points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether honor is a spiritual or a corporal thing?

A[2] Whether honor is due to those only who are in a higher position?

A[3] Whether dulia, which pays honor and worship to those who are above us, is a special virtue, distinct from latria?

A[4] Whether it contains several species?