ecclesiastical law

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Noun1.ecclesiastical 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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The precise extent of the common law, and the statute law, the maritime law, the ecclesiastical law, the law of corporations, and other local laws and customs, remains still to be clearly and finally established in Great Britain, where accuracy in such subjects has been more industriously pursued than in any other part of the world.
It's a little out-of-the-way place, where they administer what is called ecclesiastical law, and play all kinds of tricks with obsolete old monsters of acts of Parliament, which three-fourths of the world know nothing about, and the other fourth supposes to have been dug up, in a fossil state, in the days of the Edwards.
class="MsoNormalPope Francis, a progressive and pro-reformist pontiff, should initiate reforms to the Canon Law (an internal ecclesiastical law governing the Catholic Church laid down by papal pronouncements), to allow priests to join elective politics and other positions.
Yet in their testaments, Venetian priests asserted the legal ability of their sons to inherit, despite ecclesiastical law to the contrary.
Thus the volume is no mere biographical collection, but a unique contribution for the way it explores the complicated interactions between faith and practice, ecclesiastical law and common law, and recurring questions about the boundaries between civil and ecclesial jurisdictions.
The editor is an authority on the history of ecclesiastical law and administration in the Middle Ages.
Stephen Borton, an ecclesiastical law expert and chief clerk of the faculty office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, has the same thing in mind.
Swayne Johnson, which has a bilingual service, also specialises in areas like agricultural and ecclesiastical law.
"Some centuries later a sect known as the 'Men of Understanding' -- Homines Intelligentia -- held that the soul of man cannot be defiled by bodily sin, and believed in a mystical state of illumination and a union with God so perfect that it exempted those who attain it from all subjection to moral and ecclesiastical law. In a moment of religious exaltation, the movement's leader, Egidius Cantoris, ran nude through the streets of Brussels in ecstasy, believing himself to be the savior of mankind," he writes, adding that in recent decades, activists from FEMEN and PETA have used their bodies as a form of protest, and alluded to American conceptual artist Barbara Kruger's famous billboard displaying the slogan "Your Body Is a Battleground."
The CoE maintains he is not an employee but a "religious office holder" under ecclesiastical law.
Bagge describes the development of church institutions, ecclesiastical law, royal legislative powers, and a court system: "The rise of the ecclesiastical organization therefore forms an important part of the explanation for the stability of the three kingdoms" (p.
The Most Rev Justin Welby said that women could make up half of all bishops within 10 to 15 years after the General Synod passed a change to ecclesiastical law giving them the same right to fill the post as men.