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On National Canon Law. 53
the Holy See and civil governments, may be annulled by
the Pope. There can be no doubt that the Holy See is
bound, as a general rule, to observe these agreements.
15 We say, as a general rule ; for it is commonly held by canonists
that the Pontiff may recede from concordats when there are
just reasons for so 16
doing. In fact, it is controverted whether concordats are contracts proper or mere privileges.
Again, it seems to be commonly admitted that in all agree
ments entered into by the 17 Sov. Pontiff this condition is
understood : Nisi aliud exigat causa gravis et extraordinaria
propter bonum commune ecclesiae.