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Actually, it's called "la mordida" (the bite), and has been there since the Spanish arrived. A common practice in Europe at the time, it's the way popes got elected for centuries.
nice...pope.best scam on earth, tax free too!
No, there were alot better scams before they had separation of church and state. LOL!
The Church called it simony, and consudered it a sin. But it was the only way to climb the ladder.