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{{see also|Ecclesiastical Latin}}
The official language of the canon law common to all the Eastern Catholic Churches (called "common law")<ref group=note>This usage should not be confused with the [[common law|common law civil legal system]] or with the ''[[jus commune]]''.</ref> is [[ecclesiastical Latin|Latin]].<ref name=FarisCXXVI>John D. Faris, "Codifications of Eastern Canon Law", in ''A Practical Commentary to the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches'', ed. John D. Faris & Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv., cxxvi.</ref> Although Latin is the language of the Latin Church and not of the Eastern Churches, Latin was chosen as the language of the common law because there is no common language in use among all the Eastern Catholic Churches.<ref name=FarisCXXVI/> The members of these churches use a diversity of languages, including Greek, Arabic, Romanian, Malayalam, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, but no single one of these languages could be used as the language of the common law.<ref name=FarisCXXVI/> Latin was chosen because it has a long history of legal and juridical tradition and was suitable for serving as the common text from which translations could be made.<ref name=FarisCXXVI/>