Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On The States Of Life
Q[185] Of Things Pertaining To The Episcopal State
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We must now consider things pertaining to the episcopal state. Under this head there are eight points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether it is lawful to desire the office of a bishop?

A[2] Whether it is lawful to refuse the office of bishop definitively?

A[3] Whether the better man should be chosen for the episcopal office?

A[4] Whether a bishop may pass over to the religious state?

A[5] Whether he may lawfully abandon his subjects in a bodily manner?

A[6] Whether he can have anything of his own?

A[7] Whether he sins mortally by not distributing ecclesiastical goods to the poor?

A[8] Whether religious who are appointed to the episcopal office are bound to religious observances?