The Canon Law—the official legal code of the Vatican—supports the Vatican’s judicial system, providing a legal system for inquiries, trials, and legal proceedings. This collection gives you the 780-page Latin text of the 1917 Code of Canon Law, as well as a commentary and summary of the same code and an eight-volume commentary that explains, article by article, every canon.
The two commentaries are among the most important commentaries on this Canon Law, each with the stamps of nihil obstat and imprimatur from authorities in the offices of the Church. This collection is designed both to make accessible these rare old documents and to give students and scholars of Catholic theology or canon law a reliable reference point.
The Logos edition of these volumes will make research easier than ever. Each of these volumes is fully searchable, allowing you to find any canon on the topic of your research. Additionally, references to Scripture appear on mouseover, and references to the Canon Law itself link to each other, allowing you to jump from the commentary to the canon article instantaneously.
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The 1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church is the completely developed legal system for the Catholic Church and the Vatican, which was in effect from 1917 until 1983. After the First Vatican Council, Pope Pius X and his clergy began collecting and canonizing the ancient collections of canon laws, which included Pope Gregory IX’s Liber Extra from 1234, Pope Boniface VIII’s Liber Sextus from 1298, and Pope John XII’s Clementines from 1317. Pope Pius X and his clergy synthesized these documents into a single systematic canonical code, which became the Codex Iuris Canonici, or, the 1917 Code of Canon Law. In 1918, the code came into effect under Pope Benedict XV. The 1917 Code of Canon Law was replaced in 1983 when Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II brought the 1983 Canon Laws out of the Second Vatican Council, laws which are still in use today.
This volume provides a summary of the 1917 Code of Canon Law and highlights the new and important codes. It aims to bring together the most important changes and decrees for thorough understanding among the clergy.
Stanislaus Woywod (1880–1941) was a professor of canon law at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
A thorough and direct commentary on the 1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law, this eight-volume commentary series provides an English commentary on the original Latin text of the code. According to his preface, Dom Augustine writes “as brief[ly] as the matter permits and shall not be encumbered with moralizing reflections.” The commentary, as a series, provides over 4,000 pages of interpretation, clarification, and summary of the Latin code. The first volume is an introduction to the commentary, a history of canon law, and a discussion of the commentary itself, which establishes definitions, customs, and rules that guide the assumptions and readings of the rest of the commentaries.
The second volume in this massive commentary series provides a thorough treatment of ecclesiastical persons, addressing every level and office of the clergy from the diocesan priesthood to the Holy See itself.
Volume three is broken into two parts; the first discusses the religious state, the Roman Pontiff, the diocesan institutes, religious houses and monastic congregations, and the government of religious orders. The second part addresses the laity, pious organizations, confraternities, and secular tertiaries.
Volume four begins the discourse on ecclesiastical things, starting with the seven sacraments and their administration and reception.
A continuation of the sacraments expounded in volume four, this commentary delves into the canons describing marriage law and matrimonial trials.
Volume six explores various aspects of church life including the church calendar, the liturgy, the teaching powers of the church, the construction and maintenance of church buildings, the holiness of churches, and church property.
Volume seven begins the discourse on the canon’s articles on ecclesiastical procedure. This volume contains commentary on the articles on trials and tribunals, the processing of witnesses, proceedings against pastors and clergy, and more.
The final volume in the commentary on the 1917 Code of Canon Law digs further into the legal analysis of the canons. This volume covers the entirety of the penal code of the Vatican, spelling out the penalties and pardons and the nature of crimes against the Church.
Charles Augustine Bachofen (1872–1944) was a Swiss-American Benedictine priest.