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New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law: Study Edition Paperback – January 1, 2002
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.