Canon Law of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Churches
  
The Orthodox Christian tradition general treats its canons more as guidelines than as laws, adjusting them to cultural and other local circumstances. The Orthodox have collected canons and commentaries upon them in a work known as the Pedalion ("The Rudder," so named because it is meant to "steer" the Church). These canons, or standard measures, or ephemeral opinions, are based on particular spacetime circumstances and conditions, and are not eternal or infallible. Canons are neither the Gospel nor do they hold Gospel-surrogate status.
 

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