We must now consider things pertaining to the episcopal state.
Under this head there are eight points of inquiry:
A Whether it is lawful to desire the office of a bishop?
A Whether it is lawful to refuse the office of bishop definitively?
A Whether the better man should be chosen for the episcopal office?
A Whether a bishop may pass over to the religious state?
A Whether he may lawfully abandon his subjects in a bodily manner?
A Whether he can have anything of his own?
A Whether he sins mortally by not distributing ecclesiastical goods to the poor?
A Whether religious who are appointed to the episcopal office are bound to religious observances?