Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas
XP: Treatise On Contrition
Q[36] Of The Qualities Required Of Those Who Receive This Sacrament
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We must next consider the qualities required of those who receive the sacrament of Order. Under this head there are five points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether goodness of life is required of those who receive this sacrament?

A[2] Whether the knowledge of the whole of Sacred Writ is required?

A[3] Whether the degree of Orders is obtained by mere merit of life?

A[4] Whether he who raises the unworthy to Orders sins?

A[5] Whether one who is in sin can without committing a sin exercise the Order he has received?