Dictionaries, Encyclopedia, and Standard Reference Works on Canon Law Canon law has many specialized concepts and vocabulary that are not always self-evident to those untrained in canonistics. Over the last several hundred years, and particularly during the 20th century, a variety of canonical dictionaries, encyclopedia, and reference works have been produced in an effort to unify and explain these special matters. The works below are grouped into broad chronological sets; that does not mean, however, that materials listed in one group are of little or no value to researchers with interests in other periods. Canon law, like other legal systems , builds on what came before, even as it reshapes what it inherited.
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Part One groups its materials into "Distinctions", most of which are subdivided into "canons". This information is traditionally provided, however, in reverse order, so that "c.
Part Two is organized under 36 "Cases", most of which are divided into "questions", most of which in turn contain one or more "canons". This information is also provided counter-intuitively, so that "c. Part Three is arranged into 5 "Distinctions", all of which contain at least some "canons".
Potential confusion owing to the fact that abbreviation letter "D" was used above for "Distinction" is eliminated by the addition of "de cons" or a closely related version thereof , short for "de consecratione", the general title of the third part, to all citations.
Predictably then, "c. I, de cons. First, question 3 of Cause 33 is divided into "Distinctions", which are in turn divided into "canons". It is also not called "Question 3 of Cause 33" but rather, "de poenit. Thus, "c. Third, one might be confused by the fact the letter "c. It is always identified by the single letter "X" and is cited hundreds of times in the Code.
See Fontes IX: The Liber Extra is divided into five "books", all of which are in turn divided into "titles", all of which contain "chapters" not canons. The illogic of the common citation system is distressing, but here goes: "c. Too bad, really. The vitally important Decretals of Gregory were actually quite well laid out by St. There are no minor characters in Ed Wood movies, and there are no minor parts in the Corpus Iuris Canonici!
The remaining four parts of the Corpus Iuris Canonici, when compared with the first two parts discussed above, seem to be of minor significance; nevertheless, there are hundred of citations to them in Pio-Benedictine footnotes, the great majority of those being to the Liber Sextus. There is not a strict correlation between Gregory and Boniface in regard to titles and chapters because Boniface did not legislate in all the areas that Gregory had dealt with.
Abbreviated in Pio-Benedictine footnotes as "in Clem. Thus "c. I, in Extravag. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how to trace Pio-Benedictine citations to the Corpus Iuris Canonici. Seriously, compared to the Corpus citations above, the other three categories below really are much easier.
Codicis Iuris Canonici Fontes - Gasparri
Codicis Iuris Canonici Fontes