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
References in classic literature ?
The first pupil whom the Abbé de Saint Pierre de Val, at the moment of beginning his reading on canon law, always perceived, glued to a pillar of the school Saint-Vendregesile, opposite his rostrum, was Claude Frollo, armed with his horn ink-bottle, biting his pen, scribbling on his threadbare knee, and, in winter, blowing on his fingers.
He rendered clear and familiar to himself that vast and tumultuous period of civil law and canon law in conflict and at strife with each other, in the chaos of the Middle Ages,--a period which Bishop Theodore opens in 618, and which Pope Gregory closes in 1227.
In fact, divorce is strictly forbidden by the Canon Law of the Church.
He covers Gratian and his book(s), the Bible, the practice and theory of penance, Gratian on penance, critiquing and correcting the scholastics, from penitential theology to the canon law of magic, Gratian as a sacramental theologian, and Gratian as a liturgist.
18-31), especially the quote from the editorial: "There is a reason that not a single entry on mercy can be found in the index of the New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law.
Then, there is little discussion of another solution provided for by the Code of Canon Law to unhappy, abusive marriages: Marriage preparation and discernment, to ensure that a couple do not get into a nonmarriage in the first place.
4) The explanation lies in a gradual but radical change of culture within the Catholic Church that took place in the latter part of the 19th century that can be traced through changes in canon law.
Commenters couldn't be silenced after reading that the Diocese of Rochester ended Its 40-year custom of lay preaching during Mass--which canon law strictly prohibits.
At the time, Bodeant called this "automatic excommunication" and cited canon law referring to "someone who directly participates in an abortion.
The 46th annual meeting of the Canadian Canon Law Society was held in Cornwall, Ontario, October 24-27, 2011.
The canon law of the Roman Catholic church and the Church of England; a handbook, 2d ed.
After earning a Licentiate in canon law from Catholic University in Washington, he returned to Rome where he studied canon law and, in 1968, obtained a doctorate in both church and civil law from Pontifical Lateran University.