Canon law
Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by ecclesiastical authority (Church leadership), for the government of a Christian organization or church and its members. It is the internal ecclesi...
Canon law (Anglican Communion)
The Anglican Communion as a whole, unlike the Roman Catholic Church, does not have a centralized canon law of its own. Each of the autonomous member churches of Anglicanism, however, does have a cano...
Presbyterian polity
Presbyterian (or presbyteral) polity is a method of church governance typified by the rule of assemblies of presbyters, or elders. Each local church is governed by a body of elected elders usually cal...
Canon law (Catholic Church)
The canon law of the Catholic Church is the system of laws and legal principles made and enforced by the hierarchical authorities of the Church to regulate its external organization and government and...
Priest–penitent privilege
Known as the clergy-penitent privilege, clergy privilege, confessional privilege, priest-penitent privilege, clergyman-communicant privilege, and ecclesiastical privilege; it is an application of the...
Person (canon law)
In the canon law of the Catholic Church, a person is a subject of certain legal rights and obligations.
The age of reason, also called the age of discretion, is the age at which children attain th...
Legitimacy law in England and Wales
Legitimacy law in England and Wales is governed by the pertinent legislation (Legitimacy Act 1926, Legitimacy Act 1959, Family Law Reform Act 1987) and by case law.
Section 2 of the Legitimacy Act...
Illegitimacy in fiction
This is a list of fictional stories in which illegitimacy features as an important plot element. Passing mentions are omitted from this article. Many of these stories explore the social pain and excl...
Ordinary (officer)
An ordinary (from Latin ordinarius) is an officer of a church or civic authority who by reason of office has ordinary power to execute laws.Such officers are found in hierarchically organised churches...
John of Nepomuk
John of Nepomuk (or John Nepomucene) (Czech: Jan Nepomucký) (c. 1345 – March 20, 1393)is a national saint of Bohemia, who was drowned in the Vltava river at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the R...
Petrine privilege
Petrine privilege, also known as the privilege of the faith or favour of the faith, is a ground recognised in Catholic canon law allowing for dissolution by the Pope of a valid natural marriage betwee...
First Council of Nicaea
The First Council of Nicaea (/naɪˈsiːə/; Greek: Νίκαια [ˈni:kaɪja]) was a council of Christian bishops convened in Nicaea in Bithynia by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325. This first ecum...
Excommunication
Excommunication is an institutional act of religious censure used to deprive, suspend, or limit membership in a religious community or to restrict certain rights within it, in particular reception of ...
Legitimacy Act 1926
The Legitimacy Act 1926 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The purpose of the Legitimacy Act 1926 was to amend the law relating to children born out of wedlock.
The fundamental pr...
Lex (canon law)
'Lex' is Latin for one sense of the English term, law. In the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, lex refers to law which has been formulated in written form and promulgated by competent authority. W...
Church Order (Lutheran)
The Church Order or Church Ordinance (German: Kirchenordnung) means the general ecclesiastical constitution of a State.The early Evangelical Church attached less importance to ecclesiastical ritua...
Jehovah's Witnesses and congregational discipline
Jehovah's Witnesses employ various levels of congregational discipline as formal controls administered by congregation elders. Guilt and repentance are determined by a tribunal of elders, and hearings...
Zoen Tencarari
Zoen Tencarari was an Italian canon lawyer, papal vice-legate, and bishop of Avignon from 1240 to about 1261. He taught at the University of Bologna, where in 1256 he founded a college. He glossed th...
Legitimacy (law)
In Western common law, legitimacy is the status of a child born to parents who are legally married to each other; and of a child conceived before the parents receive a legal divorce. Conversely, illeg...
I Confess (film)
I Confess is a 1953 drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Montgomery Clift as Fr. Michael William Logan, a Catholic priest, Anne Baxter as Ruth Grandfort, and Karl Malden as Inspector...
Legitimacy Act 1959
The Legitimacy Act 1959 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was repealed by the Family Law Reform Act 1987.
Prior to the passing of the Act, legitimacy was governed by the Legit...
Richard White of Basingstoke
Richard White (1539–1611) was an English jurist and historian, in later life an expatriate scholar who became a Catholic priest.
He was son of Henry White of Basingstoke, Hampshire, who died at th...
Latae sententiae
Latae sententiae is a Latin phrase, meaning "sentence (already) passed", used in the canon law of the Catholic Church.A latae sententiae penalty is one that follows ipso facto or automatically, by for...
Disciplinary council
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), a disciplinary council is an ecclesiastical trial during which a member of the church is tried for alleged violations of church standar...
Bastard (Law of England and Wales)
A bastard (also called whoreson) in the law of England and Wales is a person whose parents were not married at the time of his or her birth, or indeed his or her conception. Should a married couple di...
Priest–penitent privilege in pre-Reformation England
The doctrine of priest–penitent privilege does not apply in the United Kingdom. However, before the Reformation, England was a Roman Catholic country and the Seal of the Confessional had great authori...
Margaritae
Margaritae are collections of canon law and decretals.Canon lawyers of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries taught canon law by commenting on the Decretum of Gratian and on the various collections of ...