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Codex Iuris Canonici (1917)
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The intention of restructuring canon law had existed ever since the preparatory work for Vatican I, although the popes of the time never followed up on it. Instead, several private outlines were drafted in which the methodic approach of the Codex Iuris Canonici (CIC) was anticipated. The definitive work began under Pius X (Motu Proprio “Arduum sane munus,” Mar 19, 1904). The objective was to harmonize the hitherto fragmented laws concerning the larger and more important issues of church life. A commission was then set up and guidelines …

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Puza, Richard, “Codex Iuris Canonici (1917)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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