Thursday, May 05, 2005

Apropos of nothing in particular

I was browsing the Summa and came across the following set of questions on the episcopal state. St Thomas even tackles the thorny question: 'Whether it is lawful to desire the office of a bishop?': desire to do good to one's neighbor is in itself praiseworthy, and virtuous. Nevertheless, since considered as an episcopal act it has the height of degree attached to it, it would seem that, unless there be manifest and urgent reason for it, it would be presumptuous for any man to desire to be set over others in order to do them good.

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