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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.

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1983 Code of Canon Law - Current law in force Plain Text Plain Text (updated 6/2022)
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1983 Code of Canon Law - text with annotations of historical changes Plain Text Plain Text
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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)
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1990 Code of Canons of the Eastern Church HTML file HTML file (modified 7/1/2007)
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2005 Instruction Dignitas Connubii HTML file HTML file (posted 3/16/2008)
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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)

Documents that brought about modifications to the 1983 Code

Ad tuendam fidem (18 May 1998)
Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela (30 April 2001)
Omnium in Mentem (26 October 2009)
Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus (15 August 2015)
Rescript to Secretary of State (11 May 2016)
De concordia inter Codices (15 September 2016)
Magnum Principium (9 September 2017)
Communis Vita (19 March 2019)
Authenticum Charismatis (1 November 2020)
Pascite Gregem Dei (8 December 2021)
Spiritus Domini (10 January 2021)
Competentias Quasdam Decernere (11 February 2022)
Recognitum Librum VI (26 April 2022)
Rescriptum ex Audientia Santissimi (18 May 2022)
Rescriptum ex Audientia Santissimi (15 June 2022)

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.