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Ecclesiastical Law - Concept and System

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Author(s): Georg May
Part of Ecclesiastical Law: 1. Concept and System 2. History of Ecclesiastical Law 3. Code of Canon Law 4. Church Laws A. Definition and Division 1. Definition. Ecclesiastical law, or canon law, is the entirety of the norms of the law laid down by God and by the Church, which regulate the constitution and life of the Church of Jesus Christ united under the Pope as its one visible head. The laws of the State which regulate Church affairs, which apply where the Church is “established” in the State, are civil and not eccles…