Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
XP: Treatise On Contrition
Q[31] Of The Minister Of This Sacrament
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We must now consider the minister of this sacrament: under which head there are three points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether a layman can confer this sacrament?

A[2] Whether a deacon can?

A[3] Whether none but a bishop can confer it?