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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.
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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
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can′on law′


n.
the body of codified ecclesiastical law governing a church.
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canon law

The body of laws governing the affairs of a Christian church.
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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"
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Translations

canon law

n (Eccl) → Kanon m, → kanonisches Recht
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canon law

n (Rel) → diritto canonico
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'Look, there's the law of the church and then there's the law for man.
First of all, it needs to be understood that the Roman Catholic Church does not recognize "divorce." In fact, divorce is strictly forbidden by the Canon Law of the Church. What an Ecclesiastical Tribunal does is, that after carefully examining all the evidence placed before it, and after obtaining the sworn statements of witnesses, the Tribunal decides whether a marriage which was performed in a Church and which is considered to be sacramentally valid, was, in fact, a valid marriage.
"There was the need for a distinction to be made between what may be legal and what may be the law of the church and the law of the Lord," said Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the church's governing body.
"The law of the Church requires Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays, or some other form of food, or to observe some other form of penance laid down by the Bishops' Conference."
These could include administrative steps or directives within the Canon Law of the church to deal with " delinquent priests".
There's a certain arrogance in the idea that the law of the Church is above that of the land.
That is why the universal law of the church directs the assembly to kneel for this part of the Eucharistic Prayer, even though in the United States we are already kneeling at that point.