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A person specializing in canon law.

can′on·is′tic, can′on·is′ti·cal adj.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) a specialist in canon law
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(ˈkæn ə nɪst)

a person who is a specialist in canon law.
can`on•is′tic, can`on•is′ti•cal, adj.
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Noun1.canonist - a specialist in canon law
specialiser, specialist, specializer - an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning
Adj.1.canonist - pertaining to or characteristic of a body of rules and principles accepted as axiomatic; e.g. "canonist communism"
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as a leading canonist with a strong "liberal" bias.
It is this last persona of Anselm of Lucca--as learned canonist, apologist, and zealous promoter of "Gregorian" ideals of ecclesiastical reform--that Kathleen Cushing's concise and meticulously researched study addresses.
I have been a canonist long enough to know that canon law never had a chance.
Some of this material will be familiar to scholars, but I estimate that nonspecialists may not be acquainted with the valuable work of the Indian Jesuit canonist and professor at Rome's Pontifical Oriental Institute, George Nedungatt, S.J., who also served as a consultant for the new Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
More exact legal criteria than were earlier explicitly employed did not get established until the 18th century when the eminent canonist Prospero Lambertini, who himself would later become pope, taking the name Benedict XIV, set out regulations for naming a Doctor of the church as part of his ambitious program of proscribing legal procedures for beatification and canonization of saints.
Canonist Martha Wegan informed Arturo Jurado, Jose Barba and Juan Vaca of the development in a Dec.
And, Vasoli concludes, there is not much hope for the immediate future: "Occasionally one meets a canonist, an active tribunalist, who admits that many annulments are farcical--or one eased off a tribunal for being insufficiently congenial toward permissive annulment--but the U.S.
One extant Salamancan student oration from the late fifteenth century, however, gives some basis for comparison with Covarrubias's shorter orations: the petitio licentiae of canonist Juan de Castilla, written about 1485.
An examination of her writings by a dogmatist, a moral theologian and a canonist has concluded that the writings are "in complete fidelity to the Church".
He describes Joachim's Liber figurarum as "a heretical text" (16); he seems to assume that Ockham invented the ecclesiological and canonist chestnut that a two-headed church "body" is a monster (69); he says that Wyclif received the living of Lutterworth in 1381 at the instance of Gaunt and the queen mother (106; he had received it from Edward III in 1374); he speaks of a "Yorkist interest" in the politics of the 1390s (132), almost fifty years before the phrase can be used meaningfully.
According to a canonist's translation and analysis, the decree appears to cite two grounds for excommunication: contumacy in schism, that is, persistence in holding beliefs contrary to church teaching; and desecration of the Eucharist.