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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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of canon law in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of canon law in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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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.

  2. Fernando Altemeyer:

    Zika has put humanity in crisis and if it worsens it will force the Church to make a decision on saving human life versus saving its own dogma ... There is no easy answer, there really is nothing in canon law to act as a guide, zika is putting at risk the most innocent - unborn children - so it would be entirely adequate that the Church shift its position on contraceptives for this case.

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