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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Constitution stops at their door and that they follow a different law, canon law.
Also in keeping with this authority, the Church legislates, "Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to Holy Communion" (The Code of Canon Law, Canon 915).
It deals with subtleties in law, canon and civil, that have huge and not-so-subtle consequences for our church, especially survivors of abuse and accused molesters.