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1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law: In English Translation with Extensive Scholarly Apparatus Hardcover – Oct 2001

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  • Hardcover: 813 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898708311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898708318
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.9 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,132,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By donaloceallaigh on 18 April 2013
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Obtained a good mark using this text. It is essential study to see differences between canons for then and now.
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A Book that Shows Serious Concern for Due Process and "Fair Play" 25 Dec. 2007
By James E. Egolf - Published on Amazon.com
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THE 1917 PIO-BENEDICTINE CODE OF CANON LAW is a comprehensive treatise of Canon Law which focused on Catholic Church administration, legal financial process,legal resposibility of the Catholic clergy, family law, specific due process, etc. While this book dealt with Catholic matters, its importance is reflected in that the Catholic Church's Canon Law was the model for other scientific legal systems such British Common Law and the British and U.S. Constitutional Law.

This book clearly defined what constituted lawful marriage, parent-children relationships, and parental responsibilities. Alert readers can readily see a similarity between Catholic Canon Law and current family law as practised in modern family courts. This part of the book also gives readers an insight regarding Church responsibility and counselling in family affairs.

The Code of Canon Law had clear definitions of criminal culpability regarding the Catholic clergy. Reading these comments again should remind readers of the current criminal due process. There were clear legal definitions of what constituted crime. This part of the book provides legal remedies for prosecution and is clear that one is innocent until proven guilty in a Canon Law Court. There are also excellent comments on financial responsibility and accounting within the Catholic Church while held dignataries such as bishops responsible for their parish and diocesan financial arrangements.

One aspect that this may surprise readers is the metculous concern of due process. This concern is not reflected in the Rules of Evidence, but it is also reflected in the reliability of witnesses and how much weight should be given to witness testimony. Readers can easily compare this concern for due process with modern secular law.

The value of this book is that it gives readers a better understanding of how "law and justice" originated. Due process, legal procedures, attempts at "fair play," etc. originated in the Canon Law, and this book is a good place to find some of the sources. Another useful part of the this book is the bibliography which is extensive. This book is highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Useful and attractive work 5 Nov. 2009
By P. Krog - Published on Amazon.com
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This work, the only complete English language translation of the 1917 Code, is excellent. Meticulously footnoted with research cross-references, sturdily bound, and attractively typeset, it this book will not only prove an invaluable research tool, but should still be in excellent condition a generation from now. The section headings and other components of the text are clearly demarcated, making browsing easy. My only quibble is that the pages do not have the book and chapter headings along the top of the page as many statutory compilations do. While I have yet to delve into the text at length, I can rest assured, having seen Prof. Peters's commentary elsewhere, that the annotations in this volume will not exude the same dubious skepticism of the prominent Beal-Coriden-Green translation of the 1983 Code. All in all, this work is a sound investment.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Most Important Canon Law "Scholarly Apparatus" 24 April 2011
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This book is the most important Canon Law reference book for the Catholic Church. In civil law, Legislative History is extremely important and often cited in legal argument. This book gives Canon Law a Legislative History. Canon Law did not evolve in haste, more like tortoise speed. But that makes the milestones even bigger. This book assembles them all. Today, in light of the sexual abuse scandals, there is much discussion over whether the legal system of Canon Law is really a legal system, and, if it is, will it survive the scandal. This book has got to be at the base of any such discussion. This history shows the identity of Canon Law and where it has been. This history will help lead it into the future.

All of this is done for the first time in English. It takes every solid resource available in English and hands them all to Canon Lawyers on one platter! It refers to doctoral dissertations, official interpretations, association documents, and the Canon Law Digest.

The "Curator" of this "Scholarly Appratus", Dr. Edward N. Peters, is both a canon and civil lawyer. The best lawyers are the ones who love the law. In this work, it is evident that Dr. Peters loves both systems of laws. This work is a crowning achievement for him and for the Canon Law of the Catholic Church.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Don't bother if you are looking for the accurate interpretation of Code of Canon Law of 1917 3 Mar. 2015
By Karen Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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Would have rather had the unadulterated copy of the Code of Canon Law 1917, not something "in light of" the Vatican II religion and quotes. Wished I had read the fine print. Anyone wanting my copy (cheap) please contact me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thank you, Dr. Peters 15 Aug. 2014
By Nicole Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Peters did us all in the English reading world a favor when he published this.
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