Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
XP: Treatise On Contrition
Q[37] Of The Distinction Of Orders, Of Their Acts, And The Imprinting Of The Character
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In the next place we must consider the distinction of the orders and their acts, and the imprinting of the character. Under this head there are five points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether Order should be divided into several kinds?

A[2] How many are there?

A[3] Whether they ought to be divided into those that are sacred and those that are not?

A[4] Whether the acts of the Orders are rightly assigned in the text?

A[5] When are the characters of the Orders imprinted?