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What is the name of the body of laws that governs the church?

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11/26/2011

Code of Canon Law, or Codex Iuris Canonici (Latin)

The code was promulgated on May 27, 1917 as the Code of Canon Law (Latin: Codex Iuris Canonici) by Pope Benedict XV, from a diverse collection of documents and case law dating back to Gratians "harmony of the discordant canons" the Decretum. (1140 A.D. )

Master Gratian, who some believed to be a monk, is considered to be the father of the science of canon law.

In 1959, Pope John XXIII announced, together with his intention to call the Second Vatican Council, that the Code would be completely revised. In 1963, the commission appointed to undertake the task decided to delay the project until the Council had been concluded. When work finally began, almost two decades of study and discussion on drafts of the various sections were needed before Pope John Paul II could promulgate the revised edition, which came into force on 27 November 1983
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