Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On The States Of Life
Q[189] Of The Entrance Into Religious Life
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We must now consider the entrance into religious life. Under this head there are ten points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether those who are not practiced in the observance of the commandments should enter religion?

A[2] Whether it is lawful for a person to be bound by vow to enter religion?

A[3] Whether those who are bound by vow to enter religion are bound to fulfil their vow?

A[4] Whether those who vow to enter religion are bound to remain there in perpetuity?

A[5] Whether children should be received into religion?

A[6] Whether one should be withheld from entering religion through deference to one's parents?

A[7] Whether parish priests or archdeacons may enter religion?

A[8] Whether one may pass from one religious order to another?

A[9] Whether one ought to induce others to enter religion?

A[10] Whether serious deliberation with one's relations and friends is requisite for entrance into religion?