New Commentary on the Code of Canon Lawby John P. Beal
Pub. Date: 01/28/2002
Publisher: Paulist Press
An entirely new and comprehensive commentary by canon lawyers from North America and Europe, with a revised English translation of the Code. Reflects the enormous developments in canon law since the publication of the original commentary. Now in paperback. See more details below
An entirely new and comprehensive commentary by canon lawyers from North America and Europe, with a revised English translation of the Code. Reflects the enormous developments in canon law since the publication of the original commentary. Now in paperback.
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If there is one thing a good commentary on Canon Law needs, it's a good, usable index. This book doesn't have one. It does have an index, but the index it all but worthless. It's printed in very small print, and the organization of the index is sorely lacking. Subjects are, of course, listed alpahabetically, and subtopics are indented, but that's the end of the organization. The indentations cross pages in such a manner that it is extremely difficult to follow the indentations from one page to the next, and it is very easy to misidentify subtopics from one page to the next. To make matters worse, the index has no headings - not even successive lettering in the top corner of each page. The reader is just left to squint at the tiny print to see which part of the alphabet he/she is reading, and then the reader still doesn't know because the first item on the page may be a subtopic, or a sub-subtopic, or a sub-sub-subtopic of the actual alpahabetized index item, and there's no way to tell without flipping pages and more squinting. Thankfully, this commentary was not an authorized item for our comprehensives.
This book was extremely helpful to me. I read some of it in Google books for free and I just had to know the rest.
Would be a great book, but unfortunately, they bought into dissenting theology and have mis-translated several key points. Too bad, I had high hopes for it. What's worse, some people may use this book and believe it's correct.