Dr. Edward Peters 

To work for the proper implementation of canon law is to play an extraordinarily

constructive role in continuing the redemptive mission of Christ. Pope John Paul II







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Books by Dr. Edward N. Peters



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A Modern Guide to Indulgences, Foreword by Timothy Cdl. Dolan, (Hillenbrand Books, Liturgy Training Publications, 2008) 115 pp.


We can welcome this fascinating, comprehensive, scholarly-yet-readable study by Dr. Peters. Timothy Cdl. Dolan, Archbishop of New York


Dr. Peters deserves praise for an updated, extremely clear presentation of the classical doctrine of indulgences. He places them in the context of Catholic doctrine and applies to them to Christian living. Rev. John McDermott, sj.


Dr Peters has produced an invaluable book clarifying one of the most misunderstood subjects in the Church today. Jimmy Akin, Director of Apologetics, Catholic Answers.



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Incrementa in Progressu 1983 Codicis Iuris Canonici, (A Legislative History of the 1983 Code of Canon Law), Foreword by Abp. Raymond Burke, (Series Gratianus, Wilson & Lafleur, 2005) xci + 1549 pp. Emendations, here.


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.


Dr. Edward 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. Raymond Cdl. Burke.


Reviews by: J. Huels, Studia Canonica 40 (2006) 261-262; T. Green, The Jurist 67 (1997) 265-267.




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The 1917 or Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law in English Translation with extensive scholarly apparatus, Foreword by Abp. John J. Myers, (Ignatius Press, 2001) xxxv + 777 pp.  Emendations, here.


Dr. Peters has rendered scholars and students of the law a major service in this volume. He provides a fine translation of the 1917 Code and 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.


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. Robert Ombres, op


Reviews by Barber, Ombres, Kennedy, Hittinger, here.




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Tabulae congruentiae inter Codicem iuris canonici et versiones anteriores canonum, Foreword by Msgr. Craig Cox, (Series Gratianus, Wilson & Lafleur, 2000) lix + 198 pp.


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.


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.


Reviews by Barber, Stuart, Ombres, Canon Law Abstracts, Le Tourneau, here.




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Excommunication and the Catholic Church: straight answers to tough questions, Foreword by Bp. Thomas Paprocki, (Ascension Press, 2006) xiv + 64 pp.


In this book 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.


Review by: M. Flood, Studia Canonica 40 (2006) 563-564.



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Annulments and the Catholic Church: straight answers to tough questions, Foreword by Abp. John J. Myers, (Ascension Press, 2004) xiii + 195 pp; originally published under the title 100 Answers to Your Questions on Annulments (Basilica Press, 1997).


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


This is the best book on the subject, bar none...honest, balanced, and accurate. Jimmy Akin, Director of Apologetics, Catholic Answers.


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


Reviews by Koterski, Vondenberger, Akin, here.





Home Schooling and the New Code of Canon Law (Christendom College, 1988) 46 pp.


This is a most valuable and welcome study which effectively demonstrates that "Those Catholic parents who, after sufficient reflection and preparation, choose to educate their children at home, even in the presence of generally acceptable Catholic schools, do so with ample support and encouragement from the revised (1983) Code of Canon Law" ... Mr. Peters provides a careful exegesis of relevant passages in Vatican II documents dealing with “education” and those canons in the new Code setting forth the Church’s doctrine on the primacy of parental rights in education. Paul Likoudis.


Review by Likoudis, here.


See also: A Canon Lawyer Looks at Home Schooling, here.



Edward Peters (American layman, 1957-), Penal Procedural Law in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, Canon Law Studies No. 537, (Catholic University of America: Washington, DC, 1991) 393 pp. Abstract at Jurist 51 (1991) 229-230.


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