We must now consider the Sacrament of Penance.
We shall consider (1) Penance itself; (2) Its effect; (3) Its Parts; (4) The recipients of this sacrament; (5) The power of the ministers, which pertains to the keys; (6) The solemnization of this sacrament.
The first of these considerations will be two fold: (1) Penance as a sacrament; (2) Penance as a virtue.
Under the first head there are ten points of inquiry:
A Whether Penance is a sacrament?
A Of its proper matter;
A Of its form;
A Whether imposition of hands is necessary for this sacrament?
A Whether this sacrament is necessary for salvation?
A Of its relation to the other sacraments;
A Of its institution;
A Of its duration;
A Of its continuance;
A Whether it can be repeated?