Canon law

Canon law (from Greek kanon, a 'straight measuring rod, ruler') is a set of ordinances and regulations made by ecclesiastical authority (Church leadership), for the government of a Christian organization or church and its members. It is the internal ecclesiastical law, or operational policy, governing the Catholic Church (both the Latin Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches), the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches, and the individual national churches within the Anglican Communion.[1] The way that such church law is legislated, interpreted and at times adjudicated varies widely among these three bodies of churches. In all three traditions, a canon was originally[2] a rule adopted by a church council; these canons formed the foundation of canon law.


Greek kanon / Ancient Greek: κανών,[3] Arabic Qaanoon / قانون, Hebrew kaneh / קנה, "straight"; a rule, code, standard, or measure; the root meaning in all these languages is "reed" (cf. the Romance-language ancestors of the English word cane).

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Kanonisches Recht
العربية: قانون كنسي
aragonés: Dreito Canonico
български: Канонично право
bosanski: Kanonsko pravo
brezhoneg: Gwir kanonek
català: Dret canònic
Esperanto: Kanona juro
français: Droit canonique
한국어: 교회법
हिन्दी: चर्च कानून
hrvatski: Kanonsko pravo
Bahasa Indonesia: Hukum kanonik
Kiswahili: Sheria za Kanisa
lietuvių: Kanonų teisė
magyar: Egyházjog
Nederlands: Canoniek recht
日本語: 教会法
occitan: Drech canonic
português: Direito canónico
română: Drept canonic
Simple English: Canon law
slovenčina: Kánonické právo
slovenščina: Kanonsko pravo
српски / srpski: Канонско право
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Kanonsko pravo
Türkçe: Kilise hukuku
українська: Канонічне право
中文: 教会法