The Canon Law, an attempt by the American Civil Liberties Union to keep canon law out for the purposes of canon law school graduation, has faced a series of setbacks in the courts.
In one case, the court ruled against a plaintiff who claimed the canon doctrine violated his First Amendment rights.
In another, the judge said canon law could not be applied to a former church member who had not died, but had been a member for 30 years and had not yet reached age 65.
But the courts have ruled against canon law’s critics, and some are already making changes.
For instance, the U.S. Supreme Court this week issued a decision overturning a lower court ruling that said canon laws should be banned in canon law schools.
A similar case was heard this week in the New York State Supreme Court.
In this article, we discuss how canon law has evolved over the years.
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