The former could not be enforced by law or a civil action while the latter being clothed in special judicial solemnities were binding before the law and the civil courts against this distinction the canon law insists on the obligation incurred by any agreement of whatever form or in whatever manner it may have been contracted c 1 3 x . Term civil law definition legislation promulgated by the government in a political society in general it is morally binding in conscience as the churchs tradition since biblical times . The canon law of the catholic church latin jus canonicum is the system of laws and legal principles made and enforced by the hierarchical authorities of the catholic church to regulate its external organization and government and to order and direct the activities of catholics toward the mission of the church. Should a christian tolerate a church law that violates civil law jacquelins question is both legal and theological to answer the legal points of this column i consulted an attorney according to the first amendment of the constitution the church in america has been freed from most governmental intervention
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