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CANON, eccl. law. This word is taken from the Greek, and signifies a rule or law. In ecclesiastical law, it is also used to designate an order of religious persons. Francis Duaren says, the reason why the ecclesiastics called the rules they established canons or rules, (canones id est regulas) and not laws, was modesty. They did not dare to call them (leges) laws, lest they should seem to arrogate to themselves the authority of princes and magistrates. De Sacris Ecclesiae Ministeriis, p. 2, in pref. See Law, Canon.

LAW, CANON. The canon law is a body of Roman ecclesiastical law, relative to such matters as that church either has or pretends to have the proper jurisdiction over:
     2. This is compiled from the opinions of the ancient Latin fathers, the decrees of general councils, and the decretal epistles and bulls of the holy see. All which lay in the same confusion and disorder as the Roman civil law, till about the year 1151, when one Gratian, an Italian monk, animated by the discovery of Justinian's Pandects, reduced the ecclesiastical constitutions also into some method, in three books, which he entitled Concordia discordantium canonum, but which are generally known by the name of Decretum Gratiani. These reached as low as the time of Pope Alexander III. The subsequent papal decrees to the pontificate of Gregory IX., were published in much the same method, under the auspices of that pope, about the year 1230, in five books, entitled Decretalia Gregorii noni. A sixth book was added by Boniface VIII., about the year 1298, which is called Sextus decretalium. The Clementine constitution or decrees of Clement V., were in like manner authenticated in 1317, by his successor, John XXII., who also published twenty constitutions of his own, called the Extravagantes Joannis, all of which in some manner answer to the novels of the civil law. To these have since been added some decrees of the later popes, in five books called Extravagantes communes. And all these together, Gratian's Decrees, Gregory's Decretals, the Sixth Decretals, the Clementine Constitutions, and the Extravagants of John and his successors, form the Corpus juris canonici, or body of the Roman canon law. 1 Bl. Com. 82; Encyclopedie, Droit Canonique, Droit Public Ecclesiastique; Dict. de Jurispr. Droit Canonique; Ersk. Pr. L. Scotl. B. 1, t. 1, s. 10. See, in general, Ayl. Par. Jur. Can. Ang.; Shelf. on M. & D. 19; Preface to Burn's Eccl. Law, by Thyrwhitt, 22; Hale's Hist. C. L. 26-29; Bell's Case of a Putative Marriage, 203; Dict. du Droit Canonique; Stair's Inst. b. 1, t. 1, 7.

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Flow rates and river depths just downstream of the dam therefore fluctuate over each 24-hour period rather than with the seasons, as was the case before the dam existed, says Denny Fenn, director of the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Dave Barna, a spokesperson for the Parks Service, said that "the book can remain on sale as an alternative theory to the Grand Canyon history--but one that the Park Service does not necessarily support.
Environmental Protection Agency measured watercraft emissions in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to see what pollutants might occur in the canyon downstream.
As a carefully chosen group who represented a cross section of interests and whose primary concern was to insure the protection of the canyon, we felt the Forest Service had subverted a unique opportunity to make a progressive decision there.
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Canyon Ranch Institute Prevention Pioneer Award, to recognize and honor individuals, organizations, and initiatives that serve as role models for effective ways to improve wellness, increase prevention, eliminate the scourge of health disparities, and improve health literacy at the individual, family, community, national, and global levels.
Then Longshore was intercepted on a badly overthrown pass two series later, and Hendershott returned it 37yards to the Canyon 32.
to try to assemble these disparate findings into a comprehensive theory of how the canyon came to be.
De La Salle: If the Spartans can avoid turnovers, some of which led their nonleague games to remain closer than expected, it will be tough for Canyon to consistently force the Spartans into second- and third-and-long situations because of the presence of Maupin and Pugh.
When Powell embarked on his monumental journey with nine other men packed into four small boats, the Grand Canyon was a vast uncharted stretch that Powell called "the great unknown.
Before providing the loan, Canyon worked through several complicated issues with the developer, including the conveyance of excess development rights from a neighboring property and the use of floor area generated by a private street.
December is usually the best time for the Canyon High football coach, who regularly spends in excess of 15 hours a day at school to make sure Cowboy football is at its best.