Maybe I'm wrong on this but I assume if the American conservative Catholic bishops were like "we're telling the pope to fuck off and doing what we want and becoming an arm of the Republican Party" they would lose access to the Church's property and bank accounts etc?
The Catholic bishops are conservatives in part because they are fancy lad rich boys but that also means they're not gonna take an ideological stance that results in a schism that would lead the Pope to cut off their credit cards?
The real pope is whichever of the two guys can call up the banks that have the American archidioceses' accounts and get the money transferred back to the Vatican. I suspect that's ultimately Francis?
Again maybe I'm hazy on the legalities here but The Catholic Church doesn't have bylaws, it's ultimately a sovereign state and the Pope is their absolute Monarch!
I assume there are at least a couple of lawyers and accountants working at the Vatican who have gamed this out ahead of time but who knows

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California homeowners love posting pictures of a house it looks like a registered sex offender lives in that is on the market for $980,000 and declaring that it would be a shame if it turned into 4 new homes instead.
We must preserve the house your parents told you to skip when trick or treating
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The thing the many landlords allegedly do where they have one set of books for their taxes (which say they don't make any money) and another set of books for when they are applying for loans (which say they make tons of money): hard to do if rents are public record!
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