In the dialogue, written by Plato, Crito visits his friend, Socrates. Crito tries to persuade Socrates to escape. Socrates refuses to break the law by escaping and suffers death for it.
This is a discourse by Plato on civil obedience and disobedience.
Socrates was Plato’s tutor. Plato was born in Athens and lived 428BC-347. Plato was Aristotle’s tutor. Aristotle was born in Stagira and lived 384BC-322.
Aquinas lived AD1225-1274. He recognized the Christ-like wisdom of the three great Greek philosophers. These three tutors resembled Christ, the Teacher.
Plato’s discourse informs us on obedience to a pope … and disobedience.