Quodlibetal Question I a.14
It looks as if someone who is capable of taking care of the salvation of souls is committing a sin if he spends his time in study: 1.
Is someone who is capable of teaching others
to abandon the study of theology in order
to concentrate on the salvation of others?
|1.||It says in Galatians 6:10, "While we have time, let us do good." And waste of time is the worst kind of waste. So people ought not to spend all their time in study, putting off devoting their attention to the salvation of souls.|
|2.||Those who are perfect are bound to do what is best. Religious are perfect. Therefore religious in particular ought to leave study and apply themselves to the salvation of souls.|
|3.||Going astray in your morals is worse than going astray with your feet. But a superior is bound to call his subjects back, if he sees them going off course with their feet. So he is much more bound to call them back if he sees them going astray in their morals. And it is going astray to omit what is best. So a superior ought to force his subjects to drop study and turn their attention to the salvation of souls.|
On the other side of the dispute, established custom counts as an argument. 2.____________________