I was watching the film “Marcellino Pan y Vino” and as many here know, it has a major plot point where a group of Franciscans live in a monastery on land owned by the town council. The nice mayor lets them live there and tries to gift them the land, but they tell him they can’t accept because they are not allowed to own property. The nice mayor dies and is succeeded by a bad mayor who tries to get the council to throw the monks out.
I understand about poverty and not owning property individually etc but I was wondering why they couldn’t have accepted the gift of land and simply made it the property of the Order. Also, if such prohibitions on any real estate ownership were enforced, how did the Franciscans ever maintain a stable living situation so they wouldn’t be getting thrown out every time a landowner or city decided to make other land use plans? Or did the rule change at some point to allow the Order to own real estate?