canon law

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Synonyms for canon law

the body of codified laws governing the affairs of a Christian church

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The Dean added: "The cathedral chapter thought it might require a prolonged legal process involving ecclesiastical lawyers in London, but it was all relatively simple.
When the defense lawyer called me--these are ecclesiastical lawyers, a very special breed--I cited the little line that I gave you at the beginning: "All work and no plagiarism makes Jack or Jane a dull preacher;" and he said he was afraid that would not be altogether helpful to the cause.
Although no hard line existed between secular and ecclesiastical lawyers, a legal profession independent of the church existed in Gwynedd by the thirteenth century; hence, church interests were not always granted as much priority in the northern versions of the laws.