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Ecclesiastical Law - Church Laws
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Part of Ecclesiastical Law:

1. Concept and System

2. History of Ecclesiastical Law

3. Code of Canon Law

4. Church Laws

A Church law is a general norm imposed on the members of the Church. Law is the means whereby the law-giver directs the actions of subjects so that they attain the good of society and their own proper good. The action of all laws is in the line of efficient causality, though not all work in the same way. Some laws make an action obligatory or illicit; others make it invalid; others again do both. Th…

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Ludwig Bender, “Ecclesiastical Law - Church Laws”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 November 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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