26 April 2017

An Alternative Version of the Timeline and Resignation of Fra' Matthew Festing as Grand Master

An Alternate Version of
Events leading to the resignation of Fra’ Matthew Festing
from the office of Grand Master

December 2016 - January 2017
In order for participants in the Council Complete of State to have a complete picture of recent events
in the government of the Sovereign Order of Malta, certain members of the Order have requested the
publication of a more comprehensive Timeline. This information has been meticulously gathered over
the past three months from many different sources.

6 December
Cardinal Burke presents The Grand Master with a letter from Pope Francis (see Attachment 1) dated 1
December, asking Cardinal Burke to collaborate with The Grand Master:
“Prego perciò Vostra Eminenza, in qualità di Cardinale Patrono, affinché, in collaborazione con il
Principe Gran Maestro dell’Ordine, svolga a tal fine l’opportuna vigilanza, in esecuzione del suo
compito di “promuovere gli interessi spirituali dell’Ordine e dei suoi membri ed i rapporti fra la Santa
Sede e l’Ordine” (Carta costituzionale, Art. 4 par. 4).”

“I therefore ask Your Eminence, as Cardinal Patronus, collaborating with the Prince and Grand
Master of the Order, to ensure that you carry out your duty of “promoting the spiritual interests of the
Order and its members and relations between the Holy See and the Order” (Constitutional Charter,
Art. 4 par. 4).”

Pope Francis states his particular concern for the Order regarding the teaching of the Church:
“Andrà inoltre particolarmente curato che nelle initiative e opera assistenziali dell’Ordine non
vengano impiegati e diffsi metodi e mezzi contrari alla legge morale. Se in passato è sorto qualche
problema in questo ambito, mi auguro che possa essere completamente risolto. Mi dispiacerebbe
sinceramente, infatti, se alcuni alti Ufficiali – come Le stesso mi ha riferito – pur sapendo di queste
prassi, concernenti soprattutto la distribuzione di contraccettivi di qualsiasi tipo, non siano finora
intervenuti per porvi fine. Non dubito però che, seguendo il principio paolino di “operare la verità
nella carità” (Ef. 4,15), si riuscirà a entrare in dialogo ed ottenere le necessarie rettifiche.”


“Furthermore, the Order must ensure that the methods and means it uses in its initiatives and
healthcare works are not contrary to the moral law. If in the past there has been a problem of this
nature, I hope that it can be completely resolved. I would be very disappointed if – as you told me –
some of the high Officers were aware of practices such as the distribution of any type of
contraceptives and have not yet intervened to end such things. I have no doubts that by following the
principle of Paul and “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4,15), the matter can be discussed with
these Officers and the necessary rectification obtained.”
Cardinal Burke presented this letter with a cover letter (see again Attachment 1), in which His
Eminence illustrated the gravity of the situation: “Given the seriousness of the matter, I ask your
fullest cooperation, lest the Holy Father find it necessary to address directly his concerns through a
visitation of the Order.”

The Grand Master brought this letter to the attention of the Sovereign Council who were meeting that
day. In the afternoon, he invited the Grand Chancellor, along with the Grand Commander and the
Cardinal Patron, into his office for a meeting. In the meeting, he told the Grand Chancellor that it was
the express wish of the Holy See, as communicated to him by the Cardinal Patron, that those
ultimately responsible for the Order’s continued and concealed immoral practices should shoulder that
responsibility. The Grand Chancellor refuses to do this. After a long discussion, eventually the Grand
Master instructs the Grand Chancellor under the Promise of Obedience, in the presence of the
Superior of Knights in Obedience and Pope Francis’s representative to the Order, to resign. The
Grand Chancellor again refuses.
It is worth mentioning that previously a Grand Chancellor was asked to resign under the Promise of
Obedience. Carlo Marullo di Condojanni was asked by Servant of God Fra’ Andrew Bertie, then
Grand Master, to resign, which he dutifully did. This action was taken because the other High Charges
(including the Grand Hospitaller at the time, Albrecht von Boeselager) implored Fra’ Andrew to do

7 December
The Grand Master calls the members of the Sovereign Council together (aside from the Grand
Chancellor) to discuss the event, reiterating that if the Grand Chancellor is not removed, the Cardinal
Patron will instruct the Holy Father to initiate a visitation of the Order.
In accordance with the Constitutional Charter and Code of the Order, The Grand Master asks the
Sovereign Council whether they will vote in favour of removing the Grand Chancellor with a twothirds
majority. It is apparent that two-thirds of the Sovereign Council will not agree to this.
In the evening, the events are reported to Cardinal Burke, who informs the Grand Master that the next
morning one of three things will happen:
1) The Grand Chancellor will resign of his own accord.
2) The Grand Master will remove him from his office by suspending him from the Order
through a disciplinary procedure, having broken the Promise of Obedience.
3) The Cardinal Patron will recommend to Pope Francis to initiate a visitation of the Order.
8 December
The Grand Master calls an emergency meeting of the Sovereign Council, and explains the situation,
including these three choices. He again asks the Grand Chancellor to resign, and he again refuses. The
Grand Commander then starts the disciplinary procedure against the Grand Chancellor, with the
Magistral Decree countersigned by the Grand Master and Grand Commander.
[This decree is confirmed by the Grand Commander subsequent to his email of 12 December
desiring to revoke his signature on the letter of 8 December. As a few (unqualified)
individuals protested the legality of the procedure, the legal process of this Magistral Decree
is confirmed on 9 January by the State Attorney; this appears in another Decree signed by the
Grand Master and the Grand Chancellor Ad Interim, Fra’ John Critien (see Attachment 2).]

12 December
The Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Parolin, writes a letter to the Grand Master
expressing his disappointment at the “unpleasant and perilous turn taken by events” and emphasises,
referring to the Holy Father’s letter of 1 December, that “His Holiness asked that dialogue be the
approach used to address and resolve potential problems. He never mentioned, conversely, expelling

13 December
The Grand Master issues a press release clarifying the situation following protests from some
disgruntled members of the Order (see Attachment 3).
The Grand Master writes to Cardinal Parolin requesting a meeting to discuss his letter. The Grand
Master and Cardinal Parolin meet twice (Cardinal Parolin meets with the Holy Father between these
meetings) to discuss the event. It is agreed not to take any further action, and there is a discussion
around potentially forming a Commission of Inquiry into the event to examine the procedure in terms
of Canon and Melitensi Law – any eventual Commission would be made up of nominees from the
Holy See and the Grand Magistry.

14 December
The Sovereign Council elects a Grand Chancellor Ad Interim, Fra’ John Critien.

21 December
Cardinal Parolin writes to the Grand Master announcing the formation of a Commission of Inquiry
into the events, with a cover letter from Pope Francis. The Commission is made up of a Canon
Lawyer, a former Grand Chancellor, the President of the Lebanese Association of the Order, a Papal
Nuncio and a Member of the Swiss Association of the Order.

23 December
The Grand Master writes to Pope Francis, expressing his displeasure at the Commission formed by
the Secretary of State. He points out that one of the members is a known Freemason, and three of
them are involved in a very strange and mysterious fund in Geneva, operated by a lady who at the
time was defendant of a legal case against her concerning her management of the fund. In addition,
the Grand Master points out that the letter from the Cardinal Secretary of State is contrary to the
agreement the Grand Master and he reached on 13 December. The Grand Master does not say that
four of the five are known allies of the former Grand Chancellor, so the Commission could hardly
claim to be objective, and that those involved with the fund are also known to Cardinal Parolin in this
capacity (see Attachment 4).
The Order produces a Press Release in which it communicates the Order’s reaction to the Commission
as laid out by The Grand Master (see Attachment 5).
(Pope Francis did not respond to the aforementioned letter.)

4 January
In an email to the Procurator of the Grand Priory of Bohemia, copying in various officers of the Order
worldwide, the Grand Chancellor Ad Interim clarifies to members of the Order their responsibilities
regarding the Holy See’s Commission of Inquiry. The answer given is that people could give
testimony to the Commission, however their testimony should not be at odds with the decisions of the
government of the Order:
“to provide testimony to the Commission instituted by the Secretariat of State is not feasible should its
modality and its content expressing judgements result in being a direct or indirect objection against
the decisions reached.”

10 January
The Order makes a statement underlining its rights and its sovereignty, and illustrates why the actions
of the Holy See regarding the Commission of Inquiry are unacceptable as these are aimed at
interfering with the internal governance of the Order (see Attachment 6).

14 January
The Grand Master writes to senior members of the Order in order to explain the current situation,
particularly highlighting his concerns about the commission of inquiry nominated by the Holy See
(see Attachment 7).
23 January
Monsignor Robert Murphy, secretary to Cardinal Parolin, calls the Grand Master on his private
telephone in the evening, informing him that the Holy Father wishes to see him the following evening.
The Grand Master is to tell no one of this appointment, and to bring no one with him.

24 January
The Grand Master goes to see Pope Francis at 5pm. At the meeting they are alone, except for the
presence of a translator. Pope Francis says that he wants to make certain changes in the Order, and
that this would be easiest done without a Grand Master. He then asks the Grand Master to resign. The
Grand Master immediately agrees to resign, and Pope Francis asks him to put this in writing,
specifying Cardinal Burke’s role in the affair.

25 January
Pope Francis writes to the Grand Master accepting his resignation. Cardinal Parolin writes a letter to
the members of the Sovereign Council stating (incorrectly) that according to Article 17, the Grand
Commander was already Lieutenant of the Order and should act accordingly, communicating this fact
to the various states with whom the Order has diplomatic relations and to the various bodies of the
Order worldwide. Cardinal Parolin also states that the Holy Father has decided that all acts of the
Grand Master since 6 December 2016 are null and void, along with those of the Sovereign Council –
including the election of a Grand Chancellor Ad Interim.
The Order releases a statement saying that the Grand Master is to convene an extraordinary meeting
of the Sovereign Council in order to offer them his resignation, in accordance with the Constitutional
Charter and Code of the Order.

27 January
The Holy Father again writes to members of the Sovereign Council and to the Grand Commander,
whom he addresses as the Lieutenant of the Order.

28 January
During lunch, Archbishop Becciu (not yet the Papal Delegate) telephones the Grand Master to remind
him that the Holy Father greatly hopes that the Grand Master will not go back on his word to resign.
The Grand Master offers his resignation to the Sovereign Council.
During the meeting, members of the Sovereign Council are individually telephoned by Archbishop
Becciu telling them to accept the Grand Master’s resignation.
The resignation of the Grand Master is accepted by a majority of the Sovereign Council. In addition,
the Lieutenant annuls the decrees signed by the former Grand Master since 6 December; the former

Grand Chancellor is reinstated.

Release of Documents Regarding the Ordeal in the Order of Malta

Since the scrubbing of the official Order of Malta website after the re-instatement of the Grand Chancellor we have been subject to a one sided disclosure of information favorable to the participants in the coup of the Order. However with the scheduled election of a new Grand Master this weekend several documents have come to light showing the other side of the story. One of them is the letter from Pope Francis to Cardinal Burke. Boeselager's version has been printed or referenced several times without the actual document so I post it here. You decide who is telling the truth.  Also keep in mind that Pope Francis while offers his opinion on whether or not Boeselager should be dismissed from the Order or disciplined in some other way he in fact has no authority to actually interfere if his opinion is disregarded.

Update on the Ordeal in the Order of Malta

There have been several articles regarding the upcoming election of a new Grand Master in the Order of Malta this weekend. As suggested a couple months ago the coup attempt orchestrated by the re-instated Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager seeks for the election of a Lieutenant to be in charge for a one year term in order for them to reform the constitutions of the Order in a favorable direction for them.  This has been affirmed in recent articles and confirmed by the communications of the Order. Here are links to those articles.





19 April 2017

Novena for the Election of the New Grand Master of the SMOM

For those interested in a novena to pray for the election of a new Grand Master here is one to St George that I suggest. Although he is not a patron of the Order of Malta specifically he is still a patron of chivalry, knights and is also one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He is also the patron of the Constantinian Order of St George of whom many knights are also Knights of Malta.
Pray the following prayers for nine consecutive day's with the suggested intention, 

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will truly be present at the deliberations and voting of the SMOM membership and leadership concerned -- and that all will obey and cooperate with the Spirit so that the Grand Master elected will TRULY be God's choice for SMOM and the Universal Church.

May whoever is elected be an indefatigable defender and promoter of the Deposit of the Faith and the Magisterium of the Church, ridding SMOM of all Freemasons and others who live or encourage any way of life contrary to Gospel mores.

Almighty and eternal God!
With lively faith
and reverently worshipping
Thy divine Majesty,
I prostrate myself before Thee
and invoke with filial trust
Thy supreme bounty and mercy.
Illumine the darkness of my intellect
with a ray of Thy heavenly light
and inflame my heart
with the fire of Thy Divine love,
that I may contemplate
the great virtues and merits
of the Saint in whose honour
I make this novena,
and following his example imitate,
like him,
the life of Thy Divine Son. 
Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously,
through the merits and intercession
of this powerful Helper,
the petition which through him
I humbly place before Thee,
devoutly saving,
"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
Vouchsafe graciously to hear it,
if it redounds to Thy greater glory
and to the salvation of my soul.
O GOD, who didst grant to Saint George
strength and constancy in the various torments
which he sustained for our holy faith;
we beseech Thee to preserve,
through his intercession,
our faith from wavering and doubt,
so that we may serve Thee
with a sincere heart faithfully unto death.
Through Christ our Lord.
Faithful servant of God
and invincible martyr, Saint George;
favoured by God with the gift of faith,
and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ,
thou didst fight valiantly
against the dragon of pride,
falsehood, and deceit.
Neither pain nor torture,
sword nor death could part thee
from the love of Christ.
I fervently implore thee
for the sake of this love
to help me by thy intercession
to overcome the temptations that surround me,
and to bear bravely
the trials that oppress me,
so that I may patiently carry the cross
which is placed upon me;
and let neither distress nor difficulties
separate me from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Valiant champion of the Faith,
assist me in the combat against evil,
that I may win the crown promised to them
that persevere unto the end. 
My Lord and my God!
I offer up to Thee
my petition in union
with the bitter passion
and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
together with the merits
of His immaculate and blessed Mother,
Mary ever virgin,
and of all the saints,
particularly with those of the holy Helper
in whose honour I make this novena. 
Look down upon me,
merciful Lord!
Grant me Thy grace and Thy love,
and graciously hear my prayer.

18 April 2017

Works Without Faith, The New Mantra of the Leaders of the Order of Malta?

The battle cry of the leaders of the coup in the SMOM and their supporters is that of the many "good works" we do as though that is the new motto of the Order, Good Works R Us. Rarely if ever do we hear any more about the spirituality of the Order or it's religious nature other than a vague reference to it needing to be reformed. If their past practice is an indicator we should have grave cause for concern on that. 

I found this article from a few years ago which argues that while it is true that, "Faith without Works is Dead, so is the contrary, "Works without Faith is likewise Dead." A couple of key points from the article, one is that "the core ministry of the Church is not social action" and that works without faith is just an ideology. The knights of our past fought for The Religion, not an ideology." For many today they prefer the false religion of trying to make this world a better place rather than trying to make our way to a Better Place."
Here's the rest of the article, http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2013/11/works-without-faith-is-dead.html

10 April 2017

How Catholics Enable Islam

William Kilpatrick has written an important post at Crisis Magazine about the civilizational struggle with Islam. It's a response to a reader's request for some specific practical ways that Catholics could resist Islam. He replied with a short list of steps Church leaders could take:

  1. Break off dialogue with Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups such as ISNA and ICNA. Stop lending them legitimacy.
  2. Stop backing the phony “Islamophobia”/hate crimes campaign manufactured by Islamist groups. The “Islamophobia” campaign is aimed at shutting down all legitimate examination and criticism of Islam.
  3. Develop apologetics and educational materials that will provide Catholics with a fuller understanding of Islam.
  4. Develop programs in Catholic schools, colleges, and seminaries that will better inform Catholics about Islam. Currently, most Catholic schools are acting as apologists for Islam—simply echoing the Islamic apologists.
  5. Catholic refugee resettlement programs should concentrate on resettling Christian refugees from Muslim countries. Catholic encouragement of Muslim migration to Europe has already had disastrous results and may eventually lead to the extinction of Catholicism in Europe.
  6. Catholic media need to present a more balanced picture of Islam. For the most part, the Catholic fourth estate simply seconds the Islam-positive view of the USCCB.
Read the rest of the article here

22 March 2017

Fra' Festing Could be Re-Elected Grand Master

We can only hope so. I borrowed this comment on the article from Fr. Lawrence Lew and share his sentiment. [A charming interview with the former Grand Master of the Order of Malta that captures his personality and genuine love for the poor:]
From the article, “I personally like doing things.” So even after 2008 he continued to volunteer at Lourdes railway station, carrying newly arrived pilgrims off the trains in their wheelchairs and on stretchers. “I remember when I said I was damn well going to go on doing that, some people very much disapproved. They said, ‘No, no, no, no – the Grand Master is much too important and grand for that.’ It’s silly.”
Read the full article at the Catholic Herald, http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2017/03/22/the-pope-said-i-could-be-re-elected-an-interview-with-fra-matthew-festing/?utm_content=buffer7f030&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

01 March 2017

Philip Lawler Commentary on This Disasterous Papacy

Philip Lawler has written another excellent article for Catholic Culture on what we can and should do  when the non-fallible speech of the Pope threatens to undermine perennial doctrine. Some would prefer to minimize or downplay this to "focus on the good" or not talk about it in public so we don't cause scandal. As though silence in the face of evil isn't itself scandalous.
In a large family, how should a son behave when he realizes that his father’s pathological behavior threatens the welfare of the whole household? He should certainly continue to show respect for his father, but he cannot indefinitely deny the danger. Eventually, a dysfunctional family needs an intervention.
In the worldwide family that is the Catholic Church, the best means of intervention is always prayer. Intense prayer for the Holy Father would be a particularly apt project for the season of Lent. But intervention also requires honesty: a candid recognition that we have a serious problem.


27 February 2017

Solemn Vows of Frà Bertrand de Villermont

Frà Bertrand de Villermont made his solemn vows as a professed knight of the Order of Malta in February at the conventual church of the Order in France, St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Paris.

For more photos visit the webpage below.


26 February 2017

Bishop Stenger of Pax Christi France is Malteser Intl. Choice as Ethics Committee Chair

So in a recent interview with Andrea Tornielli, Albrecht von Boeselager defended the distribution of condoms in a village in Myanmar in order to be able to provide medical care in the same region.
“Two of these projects could be stopped immediately. The third project concerned the northern Myanmar and was intended to improve basic health service for poor people, with two million euro a year. One percent of this sum, 20,000 euros, was aimed for the prevention of diseases amongst enslaved prostitutes in an area close to the border with China and regarded the Las Vegas “of the poor”. The person who had donated the money had insisted that this part remained in the project. If we had closed the project immediately, we would have left the entire region without health services. Therefore, the board of Malteser International decided to set up an ethical committee, led by Bishop of Troyes, France - Marc Stenger, to decide what to do. And this was the situation when I was elected Grand Chancellor. “ 
So here is some background on Bishop Stenger. It won't be surprising with this background that he would be willing to support the ends justifies the means distribution of condoms contrary to Church teaching. As it turns out he was also on the Board of Malteser International as the chaplain while the condom distribution was going on. As Herr Boeselager said it was the responsibility of the MI Board and not him personally for what was going on in Myanmar

“I didn’t act because it is competence of the board of Malteser International to act. But I saw what they did. Malteser International is a foundation created in accordance with the German law, there is a director, a vice-director and a board. And the members of the foundation are 20 different associations of the Order from various countries. The Grand Hospitaller, the position I covered at the time, is not directly involved in the operational part. His task is to supervise, but not in the lines of command.”
Regardless of whether or not he is in the "lines of command" he still has a responsibility to act as he has a supervisory role.


And some background on the Pax Christi movement which Bishop Stenger leads in France. By their friends you will know them.

24 February 2017

An Interview with the Grand Hospitaller of the SMOM

An interview with the Grand Hospitaller. They keep stating our sovereignty wasn't impacted by the appointment of Archbishop Becciu as the special delegate. That might be more believable if he came from the Congregation of Religious and was not the 2nd in command of Secretary of State. A couple of key take aways. One it looks like they are going to be pushing for an interim Lt for another year instead of electing a new GM in April. Second they will be looking to make the GM position have a mandatory retirement age and also make the position more "collegial." This would be consistent with rumors that there will be a push for a superior for the religious side and a separate "head" of the of the works or sovereign functions of the Order. A Prince and a Grand Master instead of the Prince and GM? Maybe elevating the role of Grand Hospitaller or Chancellor? Its also curious why this sudden desire to reform the professed side. If there haven't  been changes since 1961 why all of a sudden? Have these members of the Sovereign Council been pushing for these changes over the past several years and are we to believe that Fra Festing was somehow blocking these desired reforms and it was necessary to get him out of the way?  Not likely, so the question remains, "why now?"

One of the Frà's I know had this comment to make on the interview,
"Concernant le Code (la règle de vie de l’Ordre), on peut imaginer une évolution du statut et de l’engagement des membres de première classe, c’est-à-dire les chevaliers profès qui prononcent des vœux solennels après un temps de préparation. Il y a actuellement certaines incohérences. Ils font ainsi un vœu de pauvreté, mais qui se réfère aux ordres monastiques alors qu’ils ne sont pas moines et vivent dans le monde, devant travailler pour vivre. On pourrait donc réformer le Code en référence à ce que vivent les consacrés dans les communautés nouvelles."  What an extraordinary state of affairs where the Grand Hospitaller, a layman, not a Relgious bound by Canon Law, is able to suggest that the Professed, all of whom joined the Order and became Professed under the current code, shouid be forced to live in community as monks. There could be no more certain or speedy way of destroying the Professed once and for all. One cannot but help think that this is the intention. It is worth examing again and again how we arrived at this point and then gasping with amazement. Sometimes, life is so extraordinary and upside down that you have to keep pinching yourself to make sure you're not dreaming.

22 February 2017

Modernist Jesuit Superior Says Word of God is Relative

It's no wonder these people have such admiration for Martin Luther, they are protestants just like he is. In effect they are saying saying "I interpret the Bible in my own context, as it speaks to me." Whether by sin or other reason the light of Faith has gone out from these people. How supposedly intelligent people can spout such nonsense is shocking and the fact they actually believe what they are saying is even more stunning.
Q: Cardinal Gerhard L. Műller, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, has said with regard to marriage that the words of Jesus are very clear and "no power in heaven and on earth, neither an angel nor the pope, neither a council nor a law of the bishops has the faculty to modify them."
A: So then, there would have to be a lot of reflection on what Jesus really said. At that time, no one had a recorder to take down his words. What is known is that the words of Jesus must be contextualized, they are expressed in a language, in a specific setting, they are addressed to someone in particular. 
Q: But if all the worlds of Jesus must be examined and brought back to their historical context, they do not have an absolute value.
A: Over the last century in the Church there has been a great blossoming of studies that seek to understand exactly what Jesus meant to say… That is not relativism, but attests that the word is relative, the Gospel is written by human beings, it is accepted by the Church which is made up of human persons… So it is true that no one can change the word of Jesus, but one must know what it was!
For more of the interview, http://magister.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2017/02/22/marriage-and-divorce-the-general-of-the-jesuits-jesus-too-must-be-reinterpreted/

16 February 2017

08 February 2017

Defense of the Faith Lecture with Cardinal Burke in Kansas City

This Friday, February 10th, Cardinal Burke will be giving a lecture entitled, "The Challenges to the Defense of the Faith in Our Times." If you are in the Kansas City area this weekend you won't want to miss it. 

04 February 2017

Pope Francis' Vision of the Reformed Order of Malta

From Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register.  But remember he's not invading the sovereignty of the Order.

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu as his special delegate to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a position he will hold until the election of a new Grand Master as head of the Order.
In a Feb. 2 letter to the archbishop released Feb. 4, the Pope instructed Archbishop Becciu, who will continue in his current position as Substitute at the Secretariat of State, to “work closely” with Fra' Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein, currently running the Order ad interim. He wrote that both of them must work for “the greater good of the Order and for the reconciliation among all its components, religious and lay”, and assist in how to make an “appropriate renewal” of the Order’s Constitution. 
In particular, the Pope said the delegate is to “take care of all matters relating to the spiritual and moral renewal of the Order,” and act as the Pope’s “exclusive spokesperson on all matters relating to relations between the Apostolic See and the Order.”
The Holy Father added that the delegate will therefore have “all the necessary powers to decide any issues that may arise concerning the implementation of the mandate entrusted” to him.

Pope Francis Posters Appearing All over Rome


02 February 2017

Order of Malta Press Conference Feb. 2, 2017

This morning the new hierarchy of the Order of Malta led by the Grand Chancellor held a press conference. A key point as to the future direction of the Order comes in this quote,"The resignation of the Grand Master opens a new phase in the life of the Order, and with renewed vigor, the Order concentrates fully on the enormous challenges in humanitarian diplomacy and the work on the ground." Goodbye SMOM, hello Catholic NGO.

06 January 2017

Boeselager Claims Secret Meeting in Munich with Supporters

A Spanish newspaper is claiming that President's of National Associations and Grand Priors of the Order of Malta were present at a secret meeting in Munich before Christmas to "pursue consultations with von Boeselager." Is he "fighting for justice" or planning a coup? And if it was a secret meeting why would you leak the fact that you had a secret meeting. The president of the American Association was not there nor I presume, though have not yet confirmed, were the others from the U.S. Who was there? We know his friends the President of the German Assoc. and the procurator for the Grand Priory of Bohemia. But who else? Anyone? This appears to be more and more dishonorable behavior on his part.

05 January 2017

Von Boeselager versus the Order of Malta

The Tablet Exclusive: Cardinal Burke and Grand Master Festing defied wishes of Pope by sacking Grand Chancellor.  It's hard to keep it all straight. This week the media is saying Pope Francis didn't want von Boeselager removed. Of course it's exclusive and we can guess where the information is coming from...

From the article, "But the row has sparked an internal crisis inside the Order which shows no sign of abating: in a statement Boeselager says his sacking and subsequent suspension from the Order was unconstitutional and is threatening to use the Order’s legal system to prove his point."

Well then Herr von Boeselager that's what you should have done and the fact you didn't is quite the self-damning statement of your guilt. If you have been wrongly accused or terminated then you should fight it within the legal structure open to you. Or you could imitate the example of numerous saints who have been wrongly accused but who in their humility have borne the injustice quietly and patiently only to be vindicated in the end, i.e., St. Padre Pio. But if you are guilty as charged you do as you have done and go to your friends and seek the interference of the Vatican all the while pretending to take the high road.


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