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Even if contrary to the law, what is the significance of the observance of a custom for 30 years or 100 years?

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Can. 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.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P4.HTM

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