canon law

Illuminated IHS headscript under which October 1917 and Codex Juris Canonici in typescript
A centenary ago, on 19 May 1918, the Code of Canon Law took legal effect, having been promulgated by Pope Benedict XV in 1917. Prior to the Code of 1917, the Churches law was scattered in separate documents making it very difficult to find out what the law was on a particular point. “The volume of documentation was so vast and complex that only a canonist who possessed some of the skill of an archivist would have known where to look to find what the law said” (Peter Ingman, ‘The New Code...
wedding rings
Pope Francis today issued two Apostolic Letters by which he streamlined reforms to the legal structures of the Church dealing with questions of nullifying the Sacrament of marriage in order that the parties may be admitted to new canonically valid marriages.One of the letters is known as ‘The Lord Jesus, Clement Judge’ and reforms the Code of Canon Law (CIC) governing the Latin Church, while the other is known as ‘Clement and merciful Jesus’ and reforms the Code of Canon Law for Oriental...