|General Norms » Custom|
|Canon 23.||Only that custom introduced by a community of the faithful and approved by the legislator according to the norm of the following canons has the force of law.|
|Canon 24.||§1. No custom which is contrary to divine law can obtain the force of law.
§2. A custom contrary to or beyond canon law (*praeter ius canonicum*) cannot obtain the force of law unless it is reasonable; a custom which is expressly reprobated in the law, however, is not reasonable.
|Canon 25.||No custom obtains the force of law unless it has been observed with the intention of introducing a law by a community capable at least of receiving law.|
|Canon 26.||Unless the competent legislator has specifically approved it, a custom contrary to the canon law now in force or one beyond a canonical law (*praeter legem canonicam*) obtains the force of law only if it has been legitimately observed for thirty continuous and complete years. Only a centenary or immemorial custom, however, can prevail against a canonical law which contains a clause prohibiting future customs.|
|Canon 27.||Custom is the best interpreter of laws.|
|Canon 28.||Without prejudice to the prescript of can. 5, a contrary custom or law revokes a custom which is contrary to or beyond the law (*praeter legem*). Unless it makes express mention of them, however, a law does not revoke centenary or immemorial customs, nor does a universal law revoke particular customs.|
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