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  • n  a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy
    the neoclassical canon
    canons of polite society
  • n  a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
  • n  a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
  • n  a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
  • n  a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
  • n  a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired

  • People opposed to canon argue that it is a set of rules that are invoked only when it suits the clergy.
  • Press reports say that the Bishops' policy on sexually abusive priests is likely to change and will now conform to the church's canon laws.
  • The inheritors of the canon of folk art have also been bequeathed a great responsibility.
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  • Pope Benedict XVI in PoliJAM (blog)
    On several occasions I have personally reiterated that such serious issues should be attended to by both civil and canon law, with respect for their reciprocal specificity and autonomy,Benedict said in a statement.
  • Stanislaw Wielgus in Reuters
    In accordance with (Canon law) I submit to your Holiness my resignation as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Warsaw,said Wielgus, who on Friday backed down from repeated denials that he collaborated with the secret services during the communist era.

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