"To our venerable brothers, cardinals, archbishops,
bishops, priests, deacons and to the other members of the people of God
John Paul, bishop, servant of the servants of God as a perpetual record.
This note of collegiality eminently characterizes and distinguishes the process of developing the present Code; it corresponds perfectly with the teaching and the character of the Second Vatican Council. Therefore not only because of its content but also because of its very origin, the Code manifests the spirit of this council in whose documents the Church, the universal “sacrament of salvation” (dogmatic constitution on the Church Lumen gentium, nn. 1, 9, 48), is presented as the people of God
and its hierarchical constitution appears based on the college of bishops united with its head. ..."
from the introduction to the Code of Canon Law- http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P1.HTM