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OXFORD STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LAW

The Language of Canon Law

Judith Hahn

The Language of Canon Law

OXFORD STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LAW

The Language of Canon Law

OXFORD STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LAW: The Language of Canon Law

 

In this book, Judith Hahn explores the legal order of the Roman Catholic Church to better understand how the Roman Catholic Church communicates as a legal institution. She argues that the language of canon law reveals the political ideology of the church hierarchy, and she takes up the tools of language and law scholarship to examine and challenge that language.


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Beschrijving OXFORD STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LAW: The Language of Canon Law

The Roman Catholic Church has been criticized for many reasons, including its legalism. The growing aversion of church members to the law and the church hierarchy's juridified interpretation of Christianity is fueled by the language of ecclesiastical law (medieval legal Latin), which excludes most of the faithful from understanding and participating in debates on reforming the church's legal structure.

In The Language of Canon Law, Judith Hahn explores the legal order of the Roman Catholic Church to better understand how the Roman Catholic Church communicates as a legal institution. She argues that the language of canon law reveals the political ideology of the church hierarchy, and she takes up the tools of language and law scholarship to examine and challenge that language. Examining the function of canon law language in ecclesiastical communications, she studies the character of
canonical language, the grammar and terminology of canon law, and how canon law language makes use of linguistic tricks and techniques to create its typical sound. Further, Hahn discusses the comprehension difficulties that arise out of ambiguities in the law, out of transfer problems between legal and common
language, and out of canon law's confusing mix of legal, doctrinal, and moral norms.

An important contribution to law, language, theology, and sociology alike, this book proposes a rethinking of whether Latin is the appropriate language of a global and cross-cultural legal order like canon law, suggesting that the global church instead seek to develop a multi-language practice.


ISBN
9780197674246
Pagina's
248
Verschijnt
Serie
OXFORD STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LAW
NUR
700
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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