...  Don't throw the first stone, they say! For one, I routinely abuse of immediate automatic finalisation in C-Python, but _only_ after Tim told me it will never go away. Still, there is no promise of this in the manual :-).
That's because there isn't a CPython manual: the reference manual is telling the truth about Python-the-language. You'll regret your sinful ways if you ever move to JPython or Vyper, but you won't, so sleep easy. If Guido ever gets rid of refcounts in CPython-the-implementation, the language will get renamed to Orlijnthon (or something like that <wink>).