Summa Theologiae II. II
Question 186 a.9
It looks as if it is always a mortal sin for religious to contravene what it says in their Rule: 1.
Is it always a mortal sin if religious contravene what it says in their Rule?
|1.||Doing anything contrary to your vow is the kind of sin that brings damnation, as we can see from what the apostle says about widows who want to marry: "They incur damnation because they have made their first promise void." 2. But religious are bound to their Rule by the vow involved in their profession. Therefore they commit mortal sin by contravening the contents of their Rule.|
|2.||A Rule is like a law to which religious are subject. And breaking any of the commandments of the law is a mortal sin. So it looks as if a monk who contravenes what it says in his Rule commits mortal sin.|
|3.||Contempt for the law makes for mortal sin. But if someone keeps|
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Publication information: Book title: Albert & Thomas: Selected Writings. Contributors: Simon Tugwell - Editor. Publisher: Paulist Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1988. Page number: 601.
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