What is the authority of Canon Law?
Correct. I came across the following from an early edition of The AngelusMachabees said:The authority of Canon Law comes from Revelation or Positive Divine Law and Natural Law.
Canon Law are rules related to the governance of the Church, and they are now divided into seven headings: general norms, the people of God, teaching mission of the Church, sanctifying mission of the Church, temporal goods of the Church, penal law, and procedural law.
Like any other social and visible structure, the Church has norms to order the functions that have been entrusted to it. Just as the citizens of the state are to obey the speed limit, and a son is to listen to his mother’s rules, canon law is to be observed by members of the Church—which is both the kingdom and the family of God.
The Church gets her authority directly from Jesus to make these laws. He told the leaders of his Church, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Mt 16:19, 18:18).
This language of “binding and loosing” was a Jewish phrase that was that meant forbidding and permitting. This pertained to the ability of scribes and Pharisees to establish rules of conduct for those in the household of God, and the good are called by Christ to obey them (Matt. 23:3).
Since Jesus gave this authority to the leaders of his Church, they have authority to do such things as to establish feast days and lay down laws for the good of the community.
Some excerpts used: www.catholic.com/quickquestions/where-does-the-churchs-authority-to-change-canon-law-come-from