We must now consider things pertaining to the religious state: which consideration will be fourfold.
In the first place we shall consider those things in which the religious state consists chiefly; secondly, those things which are lawfully befitting to religious; thirdly, the different kinds of religious orders; fourthly, the entrance into the religious state.
Under the first head there are ten points of inquiry:
A Whether the religious state is perfect?
A Whether religious are bound to all the counsels?
A Whether voluntary poverty is required for the religious state?
A Whether continency is necessary?
A Whether obedience is necessary?
A Whether it is necessary that these should be the matter of a vow?
A Of the sufficiency of these vows;
A Of their comparison one with another;
A Whether a religious sins mortally whenever he transgresses a statute of his rule?
A Whether, other things being equal, a religious sins more grievously by the same kind of sin than a secular person?