Definition of CANON


CANON

eccl. law. This word is taken from the Greek, and signifies
a rule or law. In ecelesiastical law, it is also used to designate an order
of religious persons. Francis Duaren says, the reason why the ecclesiastics
called the rules they established canons or rules, (canones id est regulas)
and not laws, was modesty. They did not dare to call them (leges) laws,
lest they should seem to arrogate to themselves the authority of princes
and magistrates. De Sacris Ecclesiae Ministeriis, p. 2, in pref. See Law,
Canon.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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