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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Grand Teton rangers wearing body cams again

Billings Gazette 16 Oct 2021
Grand Teton National Park law enforcement rangers have reinstituted the use of body cameras ... Only commissioned law enforcement rangers will use body cams and only to gather information during law enforcement contacts to enhance accountability and transparency, collect evidence and document law enforcement actions, the park said....

Socialites gather to raise money at Central Park luncheon

New York Post 16 Oct 2021
central park. Former mayor Michael Bloomberg busts a move at Central Park gala ... Machine Gun Kelly’s Central Park show rained out ... “I don’t think Frederic Law Olmsted or Calvert Vaux thought we would ever be in this situation and that the park would be as important as it is right now,” co-chair Julia Weld said during a speech....

Work begins on $46M state park welcome center

Niagara Gazette 16 Oct 2021
Construction for the new $46 million state-of-the-art visitor center in Niagara Falls State Park has begun ... Launched in 2011, the Niagara Falls State Park landscape revitalization plan was a multi-year commitment to renew the park in a manner that better reflects noted park designer Frederick Law Olmsted's vision for the landscape....

Westminster City Council launches two new investigations

Orange County Register 16 Oct 2021
For 40 years, the plot was an oddly shaped chunk of Liberty Park, jutting out from the rest of the city-owned park like Oklahoma’s panhandle ... City Attorney Christian Bettenhausen agreed that the park sale was “highly irregular,” perhaps even skirting California law regarding public parks....

Top law firm drops Hong Kong Tiananmen statue case

Asiatimes 16 Oct 2021
A top global law firm will no longer represent the University of Hong Kong in seeking the removal of a Tiananmen memorial from its campus after it came under heavy criticism in the United States for helping China purge dissent, the Washington Post reported ... AFP / Peter Parks....

Howard County police arrest armed man outside Columbia mall

Carroll County Times 16 Oct 2021
Police arrested the man, who has not been identified, around 7.54 p.m., according to law enforcement ... Police had cordoned off an area in the parking lot outside ......


Garden City Telegram 16 Oct 2021
MONDAY, OCT. 18. GARDEN CITYUSD 457 Board of Education. 6 p.m. in the commission chamber of the Garden City Administrative Center, 301 N. Eighth St. FINNEY COUNTY — Finney County Commission. 8.30 a.m ... Ninth St. STEVENS COUNTY — Stevens County Commission ... in the training room at the Law Enforcement Center, 304 N ... GARDEN CITY — Parks & Tree Advisory Board ... ....

Village Rethinks Some Parking Regulations

The East Hampton Star 15 Oct 2021
Graham, who noted that Sag Harbor Village has a similar law that has “worked well.” ... Larsen about whether he intends to rescind the overnight parking law that prohibits more than one hour of street parking between 2 and 6 a.m ... A proposal for a new overnight parking law will be presented in November, he said....

Nowakowski resigns as police chief

News Graphic 15 Oct 2021
The resignation comes after Nowakowski was charged with criminal mischief, second degree, — a misdemeanor — for defacing a parked car in August, according to Scott County court records ... The Scott County Attorney’s office recused itself from prosecuting Nowakowski because he was a local law enforcement office....

This part of MacArthur Park is closing to the homeless — and everybody else — ...

LA Daily News 15 Oct 2021
LOS ANGELES — The lakeside portion of MacArthur Park will close at 10.30 p.m. Friday for “much-needed deferred maintenance,” closing that area of the park to unhoused Angelenos who have taken up residence there during the pandemic ... Residents also received a 17-day notice prior to the park’s closure date....

LIVE Brian Laundrie search: Police tape put up at nature reserve entrance, law enforcement seen ...

Fox31 Denver 15 Oct 2021
(WFLA) -- One of the entrances to the nature reserve that has been at the center of the search for Brian Laundrie was taped off by law enforcement Friday morning ... Several other law enforcement vehicles were in the park but obscured by trees ... Friday's law enforcement activity comes ......

National Park Service, FBI rule Blue Ridge Parkway death a homicide; body identified

Hendersonville Times-News 15 Oct 2021
... according to a news statement from the National Park Service ... Special agents from the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch, with support from NPS law enforcement rangers, are leading the investigation with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, N.C....

Proposed changes would allow City of Columbus to crack down on inoperable vehicles

The Columbus Dispatch 15 Oct 2021
Meanwhile, Columbus officials are looking to overhaul the city's enforcement code related to inoperable vehicles to make it more understandable for residents — and to make it easier to enforce parking laws ... The city resumed enforcement on March 1, but officers found themselves inundated with parking complaints, said Lt....