Religious Glossary - common terms used related to Religion
Canon Law - A term used primarily within the Roman
Catholic church to refer to a collection of church laws.
Broadly, all the laws, both divine and ecclesiastical, universal
and particular, of the Roman Catholic Church. More narrowly,
the laws that appear as canons in the Code of Canon Law and
the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. (RCEC).
In Western culture, canon law is the law of the Roman Catholic
and Anglican churches. The Eastern Orthodox concept of canon
law is similar to but not identical to the more legislative
and juridical model of the West. In both traditions, a canon
is a rule adopted by a council (From Greek kanon/?a???, for
rule, standard, or measure); these canons formed the foundation
of canon law. (wikipedia)