canon law

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canon law

n.
The body of rules governing the faith and practice of members of a religious denomination, especially a Christian church.

canon law

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the law governing the affairs of a Christian Church, esp the law created or recognized by papal authority in the Roman Catholic Church. See Corpus Juris Canonici, Codex Juris Canonici

can′on law′


n.
the body of codified ecclesiastical law governing a church.
[1300–50]

canon law

The body of laws governing the affairs of a Christian church.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.canon law - the body of codified laws governing the affairs of a Christian church
diriment impediment - (canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Translations

canon law

n (Eccl) → Kanon m, → kanonisches Recht

canon law

n (Rel) → diritto canonico
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With an eye toward inspiring further research and study, Smith's nine essays ably cover the atmosphere of the courts, the ecclesiastical lawyers, and entry into the profession, canonical jurisprudence, censures and penalties, including their effectiveness, plenary and summary criminal procedures, clergy discipline cases and the role of bishops in their administration, commissions and clandestine marriages, the influence of statute law, and the waning of the system which both bishops and parishioners had found to be ineffective in dealing with clergy misbehavior.
The Dean added: "The cathedral chapter thought it might require a prolonged legal process involving ecclesiastical lawyers in London, but it was all relatively simple.