Canon law (from Ancient Greek: κανών, kanon, a 'straight measuring rod, ruler') is a set of ordinances and regulations made by ecclesiastical authority (Church leadership), for the government of a Christian organization or church and its members.
Greek kanon / Ancient Greek: κανών, Arabic qaanoon / قانون,...
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A special place in Canon Law is given to the [eighty-five] Canons of the Holy Apostles, attributed to the Apostles and collected in different works." In Catholic canon law, a canon is a certain rule or norm of conduct or belief prescribed by the Catholic Church.
The canon law of the Catholic Church (Latin: ius canonicum) is the system of laws and legal principles made and enforced by the hierarchical authorities of the Catholic Church to regulate its external organization and government and to order and direct the activities of Catholics toward the mission of the Church.
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Canon law is the term used for the internal Ecclesiastical law of many churches, such as the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Anglican Communion of churches.
- Ecclesiological inspiration of the 1983 Code
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- Notable canons
The 1983 Code of Canon Law, also called the Johanno-Pauline Code, is the "fundamental body of ecclesiastical laws for the Latin Church". It is the second and current comprehensive codification of canonical legislation for the Latin Church sui iuris of the Catholic Church. It was promulgated on 25 January 1983 by John Paul II and took legal effect on the First Sunday of Advent 1983. It replaced the 1917 Code of Canon Law, promulgated by Benedict XV on 27 May 1917.
The current Code of Canon Law is the second comprehensive codification of the non-liturgical laws of the Latin Church, replacing the Pio-Benedictine code that had been promulgated by Benedict XV in 1917. See also Canon Law-Codification and Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. Pope John XXIII, when proclaiming a new ecumenical council for the Catholic Church, also announced the intention of revising the 1917 CIC. It was not feasible to revise the Code of Canon Law until after the conclusion of
The Vatican II Decree Optatam totius, in view of the decision to reform the existing Code, laid down that "the teaching of Canon law should take into account the mystery of the Church, according to the dogmatic constitution De Ecclesia". The 1917 Pio-Benedictine Code was in fact structured according to the Roman law division of "norms, persons, things, procedures, penalties". The 1983 Code, in total contrast, was deliberately given a much more doctrinal-theological structure. John Paul II descri
The 1983 Code of Canon Law contains 1752 canons, or laws, most subdivided into paragraphs and/or numbers. Hence a citation of the Code would be written as Can. 934, §2, 1°.
This part of the Codex contains the general rules concerning 1. legal sources 2. physical and juridic persons 3. governance and offices 4. the computation of time Legal sources are laws, which contain universal regulations, general decrees, instructions and statutes which refer t
Book two describes the "People of God". It discusses the general rights and obligations of members of the church, and then discusses the ordering of the church, from the Holy See to the local parish. The hierarchical constitution of religious and secular institutes and societies
Book III describes the teaching function of the church. The forms of teaching are the ministry of the Divine Word in the forms of the preaching of the word of God and the catechetical instruction, the missionary action of the church, the Catholic education in schools, Catholic un
Canon 97 reduces the canonical age of majority from 21 to 18, according to the consensus of civil law. Canon 332 governs papal resignations Canons 823 to 824 obliges bishops to censor material concerning faith or morals. Canon 844 regulates communicatio in sacris. Canon 915 forbids the administration of Holy Communion to those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared or who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin. Canon 916 prohibits clergy in mortal s
Canon law (from Greek kanon, a 'straight measuring rod, ruler ') is a set of ordinances and regulations made by ecclesiastical authority (Church leadership), for the government of a Christian organization or church and its members.
An "authentic interpretation" is an official and authoritative interpretation of a statute issued by the legislator of the statute. In canon law an authentic interpretation has the force of law. Besides the Supreme Pontiff (Pope), who has plenary legislative power, several other authorities in the Catholic Church have various grades of ...Latin Canon(s)PublicationSummaryCan. 87, §1AAS, v. 77 (1985), p. 771Diocesan bishop cannot dispense from canonical form for the marriage of two Catholics.Can. 119, 1ºAAS, v. 82 (1990), p. 845Relative majority suffices on the third scrutiny.Can. 127, §1AAS, v. 77 (1985), p. 771Superior does not have the right of voting, unless it is an existing custom in the community.Can. 230, §2AAS, v. 86 (1994), p. 541-542Both lay men and women can serve at the altar.
Oriental canon law is the law of the 23 Catholic sui juris (autonomous) particular churches of the Eastern Catholic tradition. Oriental canon law includes both the common tradition among all Eastern Catholic Churches, now chiefly contained in the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, as well as the particular law proper to each individual sui juris particular Eastern Catholic Church.
The Canon Law of Marriage and the Family, by John McAreavey, Four Courts Press, 1997. ISBN 1-85182-356-5. The Invalid Marriage, by Lawrence G. Wrenn, Canon Law Society of America, 1998. ISBN 0-943616-78-6. Canon Law: A Text and Commentary, by T. Lincoln Bouscaren and Adam C. Ellis, Bruce Publishing Company, four editions. Deals with the 1917 ...