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Ecclesiastical Law - Code of Canon Law
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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. History

At the time of Vatican I there was a general recognition of the need for a summary and revision of canon law. Legislation was dispersed in many different collections and this gave rise to uncertainty about the status of current law. The most important source was still considered to be the Corpus Iuris Canonici; but this include…

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Klaus Mörsdorf, “Ecclesiastical Law - Code of Canon Law”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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