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Ecclesiastical law   /ɪklˌiziˈæstɪkəl lɔ/   Listen
Ecclesiastical law

The body of codified laws governing the affairs of a Christian church.  Synonym: canon law.

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"Ecclesiastical law" Quotes from Famous Books

... course of the same month an event occurred which strangely illustrates the manners of the place, and the character of the two poets. An unfortunate fanatic having taken it into his head to steal the wafer-box out of a church at Lucca, and being detected, was, in accordance with the ecclesiastical law till lately maintained against sacrilege, condemned to be burnt alive. Shelley, who believed that the sentence would really be carried into effect, proposed to Byron that they should gallop off together, and by aid of their servants rescue by force the intended ...
— Byron • John Nichol

... found Opera Companies consisting of excellent singers, we may well ask ourselves how this remarkable change for the worse has come about. People have attempted to account for it in various ways. Up to the middle of the last century women were forbidden by Ecclesiastical Law to take part in Church music. The voices of boys being available only for a very short time, means were taken to prevent their voices from breaking, and thus a class of male soprani and contralti was created, who made their first appearance in Rome in the beginning ...
— The Mechanism of the Human Voice • Emil Behnke

... Ruthven, "it would be against ecclesiastical law to detain the sacred dead so long from the grave. Wallace will doubtless visit Braemar, therefore I advise ...
— The Scottish Chiefs • Miss Jane Porter

... of its contents! The cardinals are men whose thoughts move up and down certain narrow ways, clever men no doubt, but clever men are often the dupes of conventions. All men who live in the world accept the conventions as truths. And the idea of this change in ecclesiastical law had come to him because he lived in a ...
— The Untilled Field • George Moore

Words linked to "Ecclesiastical law" :   diriment impediment, law, jurisprudence

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