You seem to understand the issue very well, Grim.
In otherwords, our principles are malleable. Whatever saves us the most money is what we will say we believe.
The fictional liberal "media" has nothing on the Catholic Church chasing a buck when it comes to hypocrisy.
Or more simply, "Do as we say, not as we do." Which, as I recall, was the explanation for all those mistresses at all levels of the Catholic Church through history, though it doesn't explain the decorations of the Papal apartments, which are in some places, quite obscene. And the only pictures of them are in very old books.