canon law

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canon law

A body of law and edicts that arise from and are adopted by an ecclesiastic authority, which guides how Christian organisations are governed.
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Church courts must decide whether there is objectively such a nullity of marriage, because there are canonical laws binding in conscience.
Gamm contrasts the immovability of a Catholic parish, with its canonical laws demanding a fixed stone altar, relics, and a consecrated building, with the portability of the Torah scrolls, fire holiest object around which Jewish worship centers.
Orthodoxy's development has been far less encumbered than has Catholicism's by layers of bureaucracy, multiplication of canonical laws and imposition of teachings from the top.