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Clearly an invaluable tool. -- The Jurist

Invaluable to understanding any number of Church issues. This volume is an essential reference work. -- Liturgical Ministry

The commentary is not so much valuable as indispensable. -- Ecclesiastical Law Journal

This commentary should be in the library of every major religious institute in the English-speaking world. -- Review for Religious

Well-bound, beautifully produced, and easy to consult. --Theological Studies
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  • Paperback: 1984 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; Study Edition edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809140667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809140664
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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After reading the debate taking place between the other reviewers, I thought I would share my own feelings as a canon lawyer. Coincidentally, I happen to be friends with some of the reviewers on each side. This sorta summarizes how I feel about this commentary.

Overall, I find it quite useful. Its biggest strength, in my opinion, is the commentary on General Norms, which is the first book of the Code. (For non-canonists, the Code of Canon Law is divided into seven books -- aka major divisions) General Norms are the basic canonical principles that define key terms and determine how the law should be applied. While many find it the most boring book in the Code, it is nevertheless the most important. Thus it is essential to any any good commentary on the Code that its commentary on General Norms be solid. The commentary in this book is stellar and I consult it regularly.

Nevertheless, as others have noted, there are certain parts in this commentary, mainly in the book covering the Sacraments, that I would either question or disagree with. I would not say that any of the commentary is erroneous, but it does push the envelope on occasion.

But overall, it's a good resource and the commentary on General Norms, which is very readable without compromising depth, alone is worth the price.
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Wow. What a great commentary. There is so much here that I have an even stronger appreciation for canon law than I did before. I am studying to be a priest and this book is really proving to be invaluable. And this is proving to be an invaluable help. There is history of the code, comparisons with the 1917 code and the code of the Eastern church. Really indepth and almost too much...almost.
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This is an excellent book to explain the Code of Canon Law and we will get much use from it.
It is a big, heavy book with much commentary.
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The New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, issued by Paulist Press (2000), is the standard edition found universities and seminaries; and it is the best one you will find in the English language. This edition offers a new and lucid running commentary, with a freshly revised and updated text. Thus this volume is reflective of the changes that have occurred in the Roman Church (and in the Eastern Church also) since the edition set-forth in 1983. Preceding the text and commentary is helpful introductory material, one discussing the nature of Canon Law and Theology, another presenting an overview of the Canons from 1983-1999 and the last furnishes a brief compendium on the Canons of the Eastern Churches. Additionally, there are comprehensive introductions to each of the books and titles of the Canons, which elucidate the essential contents therein. It should also be mentioned that, along with the commentary, are copius annotations that add further insight and direct readers to further pertinent sources of reference. This edition is a definite recommendation for students and scholars of Canon Law, for priests and laymen, for parish libraries and for the home-libarary.
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The Code of Canon law is not a book for everyone, but most 'engaged' Catholics would be able to understand the Code, this is the better of the Canon Law books, because of the great commentary.
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This is an excellent companion for my class text INTRODUCTION TO CANON LAW. This book made my homework a breeze not to mention that it is an excellent reference for my role as a lay minister.
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I am studying Canon Law for the Permanent Diaconate. This book is an indispensible resource. This is a resource I will use throughout my ministry in the Church.
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It's a little heavy for a paperback, but it's chock full of information. The book arrived quickly and in perfect condition.
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