We now proceed to consider the minister of this sacrament: under which head there are ten points for our inquiry:
A Whether it belongs to a priest alone to consecrate this sacrament?
A Whether several priests can at the same time consecrate the same host?
A Whether it belongs to the priest alone to dispense this sacrament?
A Whether it is lawful for the priest consecrating to refrain from communicating?
A Whether a priest in sin can perform this sacrament?
A Whether the Mass of a wicked priest is of less value than that of a good one?
A Whether those who are heretics, schismatics, or excommunicated, can perform this sacrament?
A Whether degraded priests can do so?
A Whether communicants receiving at their hands are guilty of sinning?
A Whether a priest may lawfully refrain altogether from celebrating?
[* This is the order observed by St. Thomas in writing the Articles; but in writing this prologue, he placed Article 10 immediately after Article 4 (Cf. Leonine edition).]