Ecclesiastical positive law

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Ecclesiastical positive law is the positive law that emanates from the legislative power of the Catholic Church in order to govern its members in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.[1]

Examples of ecclesiastical positive law are fasting during the liturgical season of Lent, and religious workers (monks, nuns, etc.) requiring permission from their superiors to publish a book.[1][2]

The principal laws of the Catholic Church are found in its Code of Canon Law, promulgated in 1983.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Rev. James Socias (gen. edit.), Our Moral Life in Christ. (Chicago: Midwest Theological Forum, 2003), 84.
  2. ^ Canon 832 as found in