canon law

noun

Definition of canon law 

: the usually codified law governing a church

Examples of canon law in a Sentence

a marriage valid under Catholic canon law

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No beachside ceremonies or mountaintop nuptials: The code of canon law, straight from the Vatican, says that marriages performed by a priest are meant to be celebrated in the bride or groom's parish church. Julie Zauzmer, chicagotribune.com, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018 No beachside ceremonies or mountaintop nuptials: The code of canon law, straight from the Vatican, says that marriages performed by a priest are meant to be celebrated in the bride or groom's parish church. Julie Zauzmer, chicagotribune.com, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018 No beachside ceremonies or mountaintop nuptials: The code of canon law, straight from the Vatican, says that marriages performed by a priest are meant to be celebrated in the bride or groom's parish church. Julie Zauzmer, chicagotribune.com, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018 No beachside ceremonies or mountaintop nuptials: The code of canon law, straight from the Vatican, says that marriages performed by a priest are meant to be celebrated in the bride or groom's parish church. Julie Zauzmer, chicagotribune.com, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018 No beachside ceremonies or mountaintop nuptials: The code of canon law, straight from the Vatican, says that marriages performed by a priest are meant to be celebrated in the bride or groom's parish church. Julie Zauzmer, chicagotribune.com, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018 No beachside ceremonies or mountaintop nuptials: The code of canon law, straight from the Vatican, says that marriages performed by a priest are meant to be celebrated in the bride or groom's parish church. Julie Zauzmer, chicagotribune.com, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018 Born in the town of Carpi in northern Italy, he was ordained as a priest in 1993, pursued a degree in canon law and then entered the Vatican’s corps of diplomats in 2004, according to the Associated Press. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Former Vatican diplomat to Washington indicted on child porn charge," 9 June 2018 No beachside ceremonies or mountaintop nuptials: The code of canon law, straight from the Vatican, says that marriages performed by a priest are meant to be celebrated in the bride or groom's parish church. Julie Zauzmer, chicagotribune.com, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018

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canon law

noun

English Language Learners Definition of canon law

: the laws of a religion

canon law

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Legal Definition of canon law 

: a body of religious law governing the conduct of members of a particular faith especially : the codified church law of the Roman Catholic Church

Note: Common law has been influenced by canon law in the areas of marriage and inheritance. Roman Catholic canon law, like the civil law, has been modeled on ancient Roman law. The source for Roman Catholic canon law is the Code of Canon Law. The Rudder (Pedalion) is a source for Greek Orthodox canon law. Jewish canon law is contained in the Talmud.

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