Bigamy \(in Canon Law\)
Bigamy \(in Canon Law\)
Canonically viewed, bigamy denotes (a) the condition of a man married to two real or interpretative wives in succession, and as a consequence (b) his unfitness to receive, or exercise after reception, tonsure, minor and sacred orders

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