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.
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.
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.
Makowski has used a very wide range of legal documents involving many different aspects of the complex secular and ecclesiastical law that governed management and holdings of religious women s corporate estates.
Ms McEwen regularly writes and speaks on issues affecting the charity sector and is also a member of the Charity Law Association, the Ecclesiastical Law Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Certainly, the Church's procedural law is merely ecclesiastical law and not of divine mandate, meaning it can easily be changed by the Holy Father in his role as supreme legislator.
For comments, see Frank Cranmer & Scot Peterson, "Employment, Sex Discrimination and the Churches: The Percy Case" (2006) 8:39 Ecclesiastical Law Journal 392; Ogilvie, "Gender Discrimination", supra note 13.