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CANONIST. One well versed in canon or ecclesiastical law.

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These sources come from a genre of literature called pastoralia, which was heavily dependent on the writings of canonists.
In a preemptive defense against peevish reviewers, McGuckin notes that he is not a canonist, a lawyer, or even a historian of law (11); neither is his book about canon law per se.
Although critical of the Cardinal, the sickening report gave him credit for instigating two secret canon law trials, despite strong opposition from one of the most powerful canonists in the Archdiocese, Monsignor Sheehy.
He argues for justice as inherent rights, finding them in the Bible and twelfth-century canonists and not in Enlightenment thinkers or late-Middle-Age nominalists, as justice-as-right-order theorists would have it.
Among canonists in Rabelais's time there occurred considerable discussion of privilege--usually in the abstract singular Latin form privilegium, not the plural privilegia as in Urquhart's Latin or privileges as in Rabelais's French.
20) What is more, "[t]he headstrong girl marrying for love alone, against the desires of her family, did not win the approval of the canonists for upholding the ideal of free consent in marriage.
Indeed, the centrality of conformidad to a marriage is a concept developed from Isidore of Seville and medieval canonists through sixteenth-century commentators, and was expressed with clarity by them well before the Comedia became an art form.
Many theologians and canonists agree that while the issue of abortion is worthy of serious discussion in the church, a person who is "prochoice" is not automatically a heretic.
Many canonists from across the country gathered in London, Ontario, to consider results 20 years after the launching of the new Code of Canon Law.
Medieval canonists like Gratian, theologians like Peter Lombard, and later, Alexander III, subject marriage to much examination and scrutiny.
He believes that conservative canonists have found a conservative message in these texts and that multiculturalists have accepted that reading and use it to justify dispensing with the canon itself.