We must now consider the suffrages for the dead.
Under this head there are fourteen points of inquiry:
A Whether suffrages performed by one person can profit others?
A Whether the dead can be assisted by the works of the living?
A Whether the suffrages of sinners profit the dead?
A Whether suffrages for the dead profit those who perform them?
A Whether suffrages profit those who are in hell?
A Whether they profit those who are in purgatory?
A Whether they avail the children in limbo?
A Whether in any way they profit those who are heaven?
A Whether the prayer of the Church, the Sacrament of the altar, and almsgiving profit the departed?
A Whether indulgences granted by the Church profit them?
A Whether the burial service profits the departed?
A Whether suffrages for one dead person profit that person more than others?
A Whether suffrages for many avail each one as much as if they were offered for each individual?
A Whether general suffrages avail those for whom special suffrages are not offered, as much as special and general suffrages together avail those for whom they are offered?