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Edward Peters




   Dr. Edward N. Peters, a devoted and highly qualified student of Canon Law, has provided, in his Incrementa in Progressu 1983 Codicis Iuris Canonici, an invaluable tool for knowing the mind of the Legislator ...Those who are concerned with the right understanding and correct application of the canons of Church discipline owe a deep debt of gratitude to Dr. Peters for his latest work of canonical scholarship. For me, a pastor of the Church, Dr. Peters’ Incrementa will be a standard reference work.

Abp. Raymond Burke




    Dr. Peters should now himself be included among the important contributors in English to the study of the 1917 Code. It is difficult to envisage his volume ever being replaced by that of a different author, although it might be amended in small ways in a future edition.

Rev. Robert Ombres, op




   Researchers honor the memory of the late indefatigable Xavier Ochoa, who complied concordances to the conciliar documents and the 1983 Code, as well as the Leges Ecclesiae. Edward Peters is a benefactor in the same tradition.

Fr. George Stuart




   Edward Peters has a penchant for providing incredibly useful tools for the practice and study of canon law.

Ben Nguyen, Chancellor




   I recently heard it suggested that Edward Peters was "the Roman Catholic Gerald Bray". In many ways this is true. Both have undertaken momentous tasks which most of us would never wish to undertake ourselves, but are continuously grateful that someone else has already done it for us.

Paul Barber, barrister


Thanks for the kind words, counselor! Say, why can't Gerald Bray be the Anglican Edward Peters for a while? He he he! enp.



Canon Law Books

     Dr. Peters has published several monographs on canon law and related topics, with others underway. These include:


A Modern Guide to Indulgences (2008).


Excommunication and the Catholic Church (2006).


Incrementa in progressu 1983 Codicis iuris canonici: A Legislative History of the 1983 Code of Canon Law (2005).


Annulments and the Catholic Church: Straight Answers to Tough Questions (2004, a revised edition of 100 Answers to your questions on Annulments, 1997).


The 1917 Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law in English Translation with Extensive Scholarly Apparatus (2001).


Tabulae congruentiae inter Codicem iuris canonici et versiones anteriores canonum (2000).


Penal Procedural Law in the 1983 Code of Canon Law (Dissertation, 1990).


Christ Among the Doctors of the Law, Rembrandt 1654


Home Schooling and the New Code of Canon Law  (Booklet, 1988).


E. Peters, "Guide to the Convention Proceedings of the CLSA", on-line annotated bibliography, (2006 September). A work-in-progress, 1969-1986 now available.


EXCOMMUNICATION AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: STRAIGHT ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS (Ascension Press, 2006). 64 pages, ISBN: 1932645454, Foreword by Bp. Thomas Paprocki, auxiliary bishop of Chicago.


   "In this book, Excommunication and the Catholic Church, Dr. Edward Peters sets the record straight and answers a variety of questions about the ecclesiastical sanction known as excommunication. This type of analysis is very needed and timely." Bp. Thomas Paprocki, in his Foreword.


   "There is a new book entitled Excommunication and the Catholic Church which I heartily recommend. The book is very readable and fairly brief at 64 pages...It can be ordered on line or by telephone at 1-800-376-0520." Charles Wilson, Christifidelis (December 2005).


Interview about this book at Ignatius InsightScoop (Nov. 2006).

Favorably reviewed by Michelle Flood in Studia Canonica 40/2 (2006) 563-564.



INCREMENTA IN PROGRESSU 1983 CODICIS IURIS CANONICI: A LEGISLATIVE HISTORY OF THE 1983 CODE OF CANON LAW (with a multi-lingual introduction). Foreword by Abp. Raymond Burke.


1,646 pages, Introduction in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and German. Series Gratianus (Wilson & Lafleur, Montreal, Canada, 2005) ISBN: 2-89127-663-9.


Available now from:


Wilson & Lafleur (Montreal)  or


Midwest Theological Forum (Chicago)  or


          "In modern legal systems, analysis of the incremental development of law--its legislative history--sheds important light on how the text of law came about, what alternatives were considered, and why some formulations were accepted while others were rejected. In ecclesiastical law, legislative history is a great aid in applying the fundamental interpretative principles contained in Canon 17 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, especially in coming to understand the mind of the legislator. Collected and analytically presented here are all of the major legislative texts produced and examined in the course of drafting the 1983 Code of Canon Law, thus making practical for the first time the direct study of the legislative history of the entire revised code." 

 From Dr. Peters' Introduction to the Incrementa


A sample page (1983 CIC 401)

Check here for Notices & Reviews (coming)

Check here for Emendations.




ANNULMENTS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: STRAIGHT ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS, 197 pages. Foreword by Abp. John J. Myers.  (Ascension Press, 2004). ISBN: 1-932645-00-4.


"Written for people who want to understand the process and for pastoral leaders who must offer reflects a concern for the integrity of Catholic theology, fidelity to Church law, the demands of justice, and the place of mercy in the process." Matthew Pinto, Ascension Press.


"...should prove to be a highly valuable resource for those interested in this delicate area." Abp. John J. Myers, from the Foreword.


"This is the best book on the subject, bar none...[It explains annulments] in an honest, balanced, and accurate manner." Jimmy Akin, Director of Apologetics, Catholic Answers.



Read Notices and Reviews.

 "I honestly don't know of a better resource for navigating this hornets nest of an issue." Al Kresta, radio personality.


A revised edition of Dr. Peters'  100 Answers to Your Questions on Annulments (1997). If you already have the earlier work, you don't need this newer one (pace Amazon).


The 1917 or Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law in English Translation with Extensive Scholarly Apparatus, 777 pages. Foreword by Bp. John J. Myers. (Ignatius Press: San Francisco CA, 2001). ISBN: 0-89870-831-1. This is the first-ever comprehensive translation (in any modern language) of the 1917 Code of Canon Law and its primary supporting documents. In addition to the translation of the text, there is also 1) a complete, canon-by-canon correlation between the 1917 Code and the 10 pertinent volumes of Canon Law Digest, 2) foot-noted references, canon-by-canon, to nearly 1,000 English language doctoral dissertations in canon law culled from the world’s leading canonical faculties, 3) internal cross referencing of canons of the 1917 Code, and 4) a correlation of the 1917 Code with the 1983 Code. Dr. Peters has no copies of this work available for sale. One may order a copy of The 1917 Pio Benedictine Code of Canon Law from  


          "Since almost no one is left alive today who remembers the Roman Catholic Church when she was not governed by a single code of canon law, the monumental significance of the Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law (promulgated in 1917 and in force until 1983) and the inestimable contribution made by its chief architect, Pietro Cardinal Gasparri (1852-1934), regrettably escape all but a few specialists in the history of ecclesiastical discipline....This translation seeks to serve two ends: first, obviously, to present in one place a reliable English translation of the entire text of the Pio-Benedictine Code, including its famous Preface, its enabling legislation, and the most important of the supplemental documents originally incorporated therein; second, insofar as the 1917 Code was a living document subjected to official interpretations, emendations, and scholarly reflections, to identify where such pronouncements on and major studies of the text can be found in English, allowing researchers to determine the extent to which such additional information might be relevant to their own studies."

 From Dr. Peters' Introduction.


         "Dr. Edward Peters has rendered scholars and students of the law a major service in this volume. Acknowledging that facility with Latin may be in short supply among canonists and pastoral personnel today, he provides a fine translation of the 1917 Code. He facilitates a much broader and deeper acquaintance with canon law by references to doctoral dissertations, official interpretations, and associated documents. Those who wish to teach and work within the long and living canonical tradition of our Church will find Dr. Peters' work very helpful indeed. He is to be congratulated for perceiving this need and meeting it with diligence and expertise."

 Abp. John J. Myers, Archdiocese of Newark.

Read Notices and Reviews. See Emendations.



Tabulae congruentiae inter Codicem iuris canonici et versiones anteriores canonum, Foreword by Msgr. Craig Cox, 198 pages, Series Gratianus, Wilson & Lafleur, Montreal, Canada (2000). ISBN: 2-89127-500-4. Introduction in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and German. Equivalent English title: Correlating Tables for the 1983 Code of Canon Law.


Dr. Peters has no copies of this work available for sale. Copies can be ordered through Midwest Theological Forum, 712 South Loomis Street, Chicago, IL 60607, e-mail


Read Notices and Reviews. See Emendations.


See also Incrementa in Progressu, above.

Penal Procedural Law in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, Studies in Canon Law No. 537, (Catholic University of America: Washington DC, 1991) 384 pages. Dr. Peters has no copies of this work available for sale. To order a copy, contact University Microfilms International, Dissertation Information Service, 300 North Zeeb Road,  Ann Arbor, MI 48106, 1-800-521-060.

Home Schooling and the New Code of Canon Law, (Christendom College: Front Royal VA, 1988) 46 pages, ISBN: 0-931888-29-8. Dr. Peters has no copies of this work available for sale. See Notices and Reviews. See also: A Canon Lawyer Looks at Home Schooling.


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