canon law

the body of codified ecclesiastical law, especially of the Roman Catholic Church as promulgated in ecclesiastical councils and by the pope.

1300–50; Middle English

canon lawyer, noun Unabridged
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canon law
Corpus Juris Canonici See Codex Juris Canonici the law governing the affairs of a Christian Church, esp the law created or recognized by papal authority in the Roman Catholic Church

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Instead, he bowed to pressure from a guy in canon law.
If you knew anything about canon law--and you obviously don't--you would understand why what happened, happened.
Secular texts were also illustrated and are represented by manuscripts treating canon law, ancient history, and civic statutes.
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