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Selected Reference Documents related to the Code of Canon Law
Prepared by Monsignor Jason Gray of the Diocese of Peoria

Texts of the Codes of Canon Law

The 1983 Code of Canon Law has been updated with all modifications issued through 2021, including the new penal law in Book VI. Two errors in the English translation of cc. 1376 and 1389 were corrected on March 9, 2022.

      English       Latin      
1983 Code of Canon Law - Current law in force Plain Text Plain Text (updated 3/9/2022, including Competentias Quasdam Decernere)
PDF (tablet format) PDF (tablet format) (with corrections to cc. 1376 and 1389)
PDF (mobile format) PDF (mobile format)
1983 Code of Canon Law - text with annotations of historical changes Plain Text Plain Text
PDF (tablet format) PDF (tablet format)
PDF (mobile format) PDF (mobile format)
Comparison table of the changes to the penal law in Book VI PDF File (Reviwed 3/9/2022)
1917 Code of Canon Law (Latin)             HTML file       (corrected 7/30/2013)
Text file
1990 Code of Canons of the Eastern Church HTML file HTML file (modified 7/1/2007)
Text file Text file
2005 Instruction Dignitas Connubii HTML file HTML file (posted 3/16/2008)
Rich Text file Text file
Cross Reference Tables for 1917 and 1983 Codes Excel spreadsheet (Posted 8/1/2013)
Cross Reference Tables for 1983 Latin Code and 1990 Eastern Code Excel spreadsheet (Posted 8/11/2013)
Norms for the administration of the goods of Causes of Canonization HTML file (Posted 3/16/2016)

The cross reference table can show the corresponding canons in the 1917, 1983, or 1990 Codes by sorting the data according to the desired code.

If you are interested in an English translation of the 1917 code, please consider the following:

  • Peters, Edward N.  1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law: in English translation, with extensive scholarly apparatus.  San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2001.