The 1917 Code of Canon Law is an important document for understanding many of the basic tenets of the Church today. The 1917 Code was foundational in writing the Second Vatican Council’s decrees, and of course provided the groundwork for the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
Published in 2001, the 1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law is the first time a comprehensive English translation of the Codex Iuris Canonici has ever existed. Dr. Edward N. Peters’ faithful translation of the original 1917 Latin text, along with his detailed references to such key canonical works as Canon Law Digest, gives researchers direct access to this great work of ecclesiastical legal science.
The original Latin codex (780 pages) was the fully developed legal system for the Church, in effect from 1917 to 1983. The history this codex is fascinating: it begins after the First Vatican Council (1870) as Pope Pius X and his clergy began collecting and canonizing the ancient collections of canon laws. These laws included Pope Gregory IX’s Liber Extra from 1234, Pope Boniface VIII’s Liber Sextus from 1298, and Pope John XII’s Clementines from 1317. Finally, in 1917, Pope Pius X synthesized these documents into a single systematic canonical code, rendering the Codex Iuris Canonici contained in this collection.
These important juridical works are enormous assets in Verbum. References to the canons will appear on mouseover in the reference texts in the rest of your library, letting you see the exact citation without losing your place. Read the Latin and the English side by side, and use the dictionary lookup tool to investigate English or Latin words and concepts.