OF THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY AS DIRECTED TO AN OFFICE OF NATURE 1In the next place we must consider matrimony. We must treat of it
- as directed to an office of nature;
- as a sacrament;
- as considered absolutely and in itself. Under the first head there are four points of inquiry:
- Whether it is of natural law?
- Whether it is a matter of precept?
- Whether its act is lawful?
- Whether its act can be meritorious?
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