Canon law


Cardinal Vicar

Catholicism – the body of the Catholic faith, its theologies and doctrines, its liturgical, ethical, spiritual, and behavioural characteristics, as well as a religious people as a whole.

Catechism – a document containing an approved exposition of Church teachings

Chancery, Apostolic — see: Apostolic Chancery

Chancery, Diocesan – see: Diocesan chancery

Chaplain of His Holiness

Clergy, Regular – see: Regular clergy

Clergy, Secular – see: Secular clergy

Coadjutor bishop — an auxiliary bishop with the legal right of succession to the see of which he is coadjutor

Code of Canon Law, 1917

Code of Canon Law, 1983

Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches

College of Cardinals

College of Consultors

Communion – see: Eucharist and Full communion

Communion rite

Communion of Saints


Confession – see: Sacrament of Penance


Congregation, Religious

Congregation (Roman Curia)

Congregation, Sacred – see: Congregation (Roman Curia)

Consecrated life

Consecrated life (Catholic Church)

Consecrated life, Institute of – see: Institute of consecrated life

Corpus Juris Canonici

Council, Pontifical – see: Pontifical Council

Counter-Reformation – the period of Catholic revival beginning with the Council of Trent and ending at the close of the Thirty Years’ War.

Credence table



Curia, Moderator of the – see: Moderator of the Curia


Curia, Roman – see: Roman Curia (below)