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Princeton's WordNet

  1. canon law, ecclesiastical law(noun)

    the body of codified laws governing the affairs of a Christian church


  1. canon law(Noun)

    The law of the church, religious law.

  2. canon law(Noun)

    A regulation in church law.


  1. Canon law

    Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made or adopted by ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian organization and its members. It is the internal ecclesiastical law governing the Catholic Church, the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches, and the Anglican Communion of churches. The way that such church law is legislated, interpreted and at times adjudicated varies widely among these three bodies of churches. In all three traditions, a canon was originally a rule adopted by a council; these canons formed the foundation of canon law.

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  1. Peter Kleigel:

    We're convinced that this appointment is not correct because, following canon law, a bishop must be well-regarded, we need a bishop who's credible.


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