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Ecclesiastical positive law

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Ecclesiastical Positive Law is the law that emanates from the legislative power of the Catholic Church in order to govern its members in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.[1]

Examples of Ecclesiastical Positive Law are fasting during the liturgical season of Lent and religious (monks, nuns, etc.) being required to have permission by their superiors to publish a book.[1][2]

The principal laws of the Catholic Church are found in its Code of Canon Law, promulgated in 1983.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rev. James Socias (gen. edit.), Our Moral Life in Christ. (Chicago: Midwest Theological Forum, 2003), 84.
  2. Canon 832 as found in

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