Canon law

Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by ecclesiastical authority (Church leadership), for the government of a Christian organization or church and its members. It is the internal ecclesiastical law governing the Catholic Church (both Latin Church and Eastern Catholic Churches), the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches, and the individual national churches within the Anglican Communion. The way that such church law is legislated, interpreted and at times adjudicated varies widely among these three bodies of churches. In all three traditions, a canon was originally a rule adopted by a church council; these canons formed the foundation of canon law.


Greek kanon / Ancient Greek: κανών,Arabic Qanun / قانون, Hebrew kaneh / קנה, "straight"; a rule, code, standard, or measure; the root meaning in all these languages is "reed" (cf. the Romance-language ancestors of the English word "cane").

Canons of the Apostles

The Apostolic Canons or Ecclesiastical Canons of the Same Holy Apostles is a collection of ancient ecclesiastical decrees (eighty-five in the Eastern, fifty in the Western Church) concerning the government and discipline of the Early Christian Church, incorporated with the Apostolic Constitutions which are part of the Ante-Nicene Fathers In the fourth century the First Council of Nicaea (325) calls canons the disciplinary measures of the Church: the term canon, κανὠν, means in Greek, a rule. There is a very early distinction between the rules enacted by the Church and the legislative measures taken by the State called leges, Latin for laws.

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Dickinson Law alums, Carlisle officials see a future in Penn State’s unified law school plan

Penn Live 30 Nov 2022
“I will understand the doubters,” said Gilroy, in a reference to Carlislers who’ve endured the past efforts to shift the focal point of the law school to University Park ... The impetus for the restructuring at this point appears to have been a failed search for a new dean for Penn State Law at University Park last year....

67 years: Montgomery reflects on Rosa Parks, Bus Boycott and struggle against segregation

Tuscaloosa News 30 Nov 2022
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was tired of the hatred that her city had fallen into — a legalized foolishness of segregation that had officially armed city bus drivers with police powers to enforce the separation of white and Black passengers.Parks wasn’t even violating the “law” on Dec ... Nixon, Fred Gray and, of course, Rosa Parks....

Judge rules that Montana’s wolf hunt will continue

News-Press Now 30 Nov 2022
Those groups also challenged whether the state had correctly adopted the hunting regulations or if they interfered with the federal laws governing national parks, in this case Yellowstone and Glacier national parks respectively....

Montana Judge Restores State Wolf Hunting Regulations

Flathead Beacon 30 Nov 2022
Officials with the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Monday the state set this year’s quotas based on a law passed by the 2021 legislature that required the Fish and Wildlife Commission to decrease the number of wolves in Montana and to allow trappers to use snare traps....

Ohio House passes bill to make hoax emergency calls a felony

The Post-Star 30 Nov 2022
The bill would create a felony offense for “swatting,” which is when someone knowingly reports a false emergency that prompts response by law enforcement, such as a kidnapping, school shooting or other violent crimes ... Those convicted could also be financially responsible for the costs of the law enforcement response....

Virginia Beach is losing hundreds of Oceanfront parking spots during surf park construction, so city ...

The Virginian-Pilot 30 Nov 2022
So the city is working on a plan to provide more public parking for beachgoers, but the spaces will be farther away from the resort area.Advertisement ... Councilman Linwood Branch asked Duhaney to free up more spaces in the resort area by changing the zoning law on permits for temporary parking lots, which currently expire after one year....

City eyeing federal loan to cover Centennial Park land purchase

Niagara Gazette 30 Nov 2022
Hodgson Russ, the Buffalo law firm that is representing the city during the eminent domain process, submitted a bill in May for $6,000 to hire the Buffalo real estate company Emminger Newton Pigeon & Magyar to perform an appraisal of the proposed Centennial Park property ... Obviously, our goal is create Centennial Park....

Atlantic Beach bans sleeping or loitering in public spaces, but makes arrests last option

The Florida Times Union 30 Nov 2022
The Atlantic Beach City Commission approved a controversial new ordinance that would prohibit sleeping or camping on city streets, parks and other public places, but offer homeless people shelter and other resources before making arrests ... For the mayor, it's personal. Atlantic Beach bans smoking at the beach and in parks....

Big tobacco tries to stop California flavored tobacco ban

The Post-Star 30 Nov 2022
Supporters of the ban say the law was necessary to put a stop to a staggering rise in teen smoking ... Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied the company's emergency motion to block the law pending appeal ... Man shot in parking lot of Route 9 Walmart in Queensbury Police....

New NC laws on arson, domestic protections begin Thursday

McDowell News 30 Nov 2022
(AP) — More severe penalties for committing certain types of arsons and large-scale thefts at stores in North Carolina are among all or portions of 10 new state laws approved by the General Assembly this year that will take effect on Thursday ... The previous law had limited such punishments to $25 fines....

Judge denies injunction over Montana's wolf hunting, trapping regulations

Billings Gazette 30 Nov 2022
The suit filed in October alleges that FWP has failed to timely review its 2002 wolf management plan, that the use of a model to estimate populations illegally amended the plan without public involvement and is unreliable, and that killing wolves near national parks conflicts with federal law....

Well issue leaves Louisa County trailer park residents without water

The Hawk Eye 30 Nov 2022
An official from the DNR’s Washington, Iowa, field office has been in touch with him though, but has not been able to provide much assurance of state assistance, since the park’s well is a privately owned and Iowa law apparently does not require trailer park owners to provide water service, Quigley said....

Albany board member accused of violating meetings law

Albany Democrat Herald 30 Nov 2022
A letter penned by Johnson, who has served on the City Council for two decades, accused Olsen, who has served off and on as a city leader for about 50 years, of breaching the law ... “No law was broken." ... And there was no way of enforcing the spirit of a law....

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