Canon Law

The laws, decrees, definitions, and instructions coming from the councils, popes, and curial bodies of the Church have been codified into a body of laws known as the Codex iuris canonici. From 1963 until 1983, a Pontifical Commission for the review of the Code of Canon Law worked on a complete, radical revision of the Code as called for by the Second Vatican Council. The final official version is contained in D162. English translations may be found in D159, D160, and D161. The previous codification (D163) was done in 1917 and remains an important document for the study of twentieth-century Catholicism.

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