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PRIVILEGE

A concession, more or less permanent, made against or beyond the law. The popes have granted privileges at least since the eighth century. They are acquired orally or in writing, by direct concession or by communication. Personal privileges are granted to a person; real privileges are attached to things. A personal privilege need not be used and is not lost by lack of use. A real privilege is lost by destruction of the object. Privileges are perpetual unless otherwise stated.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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