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Does anyone understand this? I don't... Is this a power play? I can't imagine Francis being concerned about some errant Knight doing nothing about his Order's handing out condoms. Does that sound right to you at all? From CBSNews:




AP January 25, 2017, 8:34 AM
Pope takes control of ancient Catholic order amid condom scandal


ROME -- The Vatican says Pope Francis will name a pontifical delegate to run the embattled Knights of Malta, effectively taking over the sovereign lay Catholic order after its leader resigned in a bitter dispute with the pontiff over condoms.

The move marks an extraordinary intervention of one sovereign state - the Holy See - into the governance of another - the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an ancient aristocratic order that runs a vast charity operation around the globe.

A statement from the Vatican said Francis accepted the resignation of the order’s grand master, Matthew Festing, which he had offered Tuesday.

The statement said the order’s governance would shift temporarily to the No. 2 “until the pontifical delegate is named.”

Festing had refused to cooperate with a papal commission investigating his ouster of the order’s grand chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager, over revelations that the Knights’ charity branch had distributed condoms under his watch. Festing had cited the Knights’ status as a sovereign entity in refusing to cooperate with what he said was an act of internal governance.

The remarkable showdown though was fraught from the start given Festing took a promise of obedience to the pope as a top-level knight, and regardless was the leader of a prominent Catholic order who was entering into a public fray with the leader of the Catholic Church.

The spat unfolded against the backdrop of Francis’ increasing clashes with more conservative elements in the church, especially those for whom sexual ethics and doctrinal orthodoxy are paramount. The dispute had once again pit Francis against Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading conservative and Francis critic who also happens to be the pope’s envoy to the order.

Burke had been by Festing’s side on Dec. 6 when Festing first asked, then demanded Boeselager’s resignation. Boeselager refused, and was ousted two days later under a disciplinary procedure he contends violated the order’s own rules.

Many of the orders members had lamented how the confrontation with the Holy See had drawn unwanted negative attention to the order, which relies on donations to fund its huge charity works around the globe.

Festing suspended Boeselager on Dec. 8 over revelations that the Knights’ charity branch Malteser International had distributed thousands of condoms to poor people in Myanmar under his watch.

Church teaching forbids artificial contraception. Boeselager has said he stopped the programs when he learned of them. The order’s leadership has said the scandal was grave, that Boeselager had hidden the revelations, and called it “disgraceful” that he had refused an order to obey Festing and resign.

Boeselager has challenged his ouster with an appeal to the Knights’ internal tribunal.

Francis appointed a commission to investigate after Boeselager said he had been told by Festing, in Burke’s presence, that the Holy See wanted him to resign over the scandal. The Vatican secretary of state has said the pope wanted nothing of the sort and wanted the dispute to be resolved through dialogue.

Last week, the Holy See said it expected the order to cooperate with its probe, and in a sharply worded statement said it planned to take action to resolve the dispute. Canon lawyers had raised alarm at the investigation, giving it seemed to set the stage for one sovereign entity intervening in the internal affairs of another.

The Order of Malta has many trappings of a sovereign state, issuing its own stamps, passports and license plates and holding diplomatic relations with 106 states, the Holy See included.

The Holy See, however, has a unique relationship with the order since it is a Catholic entity, and the pope appoints a cardinal to “promote the spiritual interests” of the order and its relationship with the Vatican. Francis appointed Burke to that position in 2014 after removing him as the Vatican’s supreme court justice.

The knights trace their history to the 11th-century Crusades with the establishment of an infirmary in Jerusalem that cared for people of all faiths. It now counts 13,500 members and 100,000 staff and volunteers who provide health care in hospitals and clinics around the world.


(01-26-2017, 04:12 AM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: [ -> ]Does anyone understand this? I don't... Is this a power play? I can't imagine Francis being concerned about some errant Knight doing nothing about his Order's handing out condoms. Does that sound right to you at all? From CBSNews:

Unfortunately, I have come to take the cynical view. For all of His Holiness's projected humility and mercy, this is brute politics. The Sovereign Order thumbed their nose at Pope Francis wanting to investigate them, citing their sovereignty under international law. Now the pope is forcing out their leader and will replace him with his own man. It strikes me as the exercise of power for not much more reason than he has it.
(01-26-2017, 10:38 AM)aquinas138 Wrote: [ -> ]Now the pope is forcing out their leader and will replace him with his own man.
Question: How was this leader "forced" out? 

I would hope it to be obvious that he didn't resign at gunpoint.  Nor do I think the Pope to be all the persuasive with threats of violence--at least directly on the person.  But I'm sure something was said and/or hinted at.  What could it have been?   
More news from a Catholic source:

'The Vatican has destroyed the Order of Malta’s sovereignty. What if Italy does the same to the Vatican?'

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commenta...e-vatican/
I suspect that there is more to this than a "condom scandal."
Pressing ahead with his takeover of the Knights of Malta, Pope Francis had declared that all recent decisions by the group’s leadership “are null and void.”

The Pope’s decision—conveyed to the Knights of Malta in a message from the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin—annuls all actions by Fra’ Matthew Festing, who submitted his resignation as grand master earlier this week. The papal order affects actions and decisions dating back to December 6 of last year. The Pope also declared that decisions of the Knights’ governing council since that date are void.

The papal decree would reverse the dismissal of the Order’s chancellor, Albrecht von Boesalager, and the appointment of John Critien as his temporary replacement.

The Sovereign Council of the Knights of Malta will meet in an emergency session on Saturday, January 28. The group will address the resignation of Fra’ Festing—which cannot become official until it is accepted by the Sovereign Council—and the Pope’s directive.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=30600
In other news Bishop Fellay has said that he's ready to usher in the destruction of the SSPX by surrendering it sovereignty to a maniac impostor in white whose bitterness leads him to take criminal actions to remove those from power who don't share his heretical, blasphemous views. make a full return to the Vatican.
                                                              Now I think the SSPX are making a mistake.
(01-31-2017, 08:05 AM)austenbosten Wrote: [ -> ]In other news Bishop Fellay has said that he's ready to usher in the destruction of the SSPX by surrendering it sovereignty to a maniac impostor in white whose bitterness leads him to take criminal actions to remove those from power who don't share his heretical, blasphemous views. make a full return to the Vatican.

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/bp-f...-condition

I think we do not have to wait for everything to be resolved in the Church, for all the problems to be solved. But a certain number of conditions are necessary, and for us the essential condition is our survival. So I have told Rome, very clearly, that, just as Archbishop [Marcel] Lefebvre used to say in his day, we have a sine qua non condition: if this condition is not met, then we will not move. And this condition is for us to be able to remain as we are, to keep all the principles that have kept us alive, that have kept us Catholic."

How on earth do you get that from Bp. Fellay's quote?
(02-01-2017, 05:23 AM)Dave01 Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-31-2017, 08:05 AM)austenbosten Wrote: [ -> ]In other news Bishop Fellay has said that he's ready to usher in the destruction of the SSPX by surrendering it sovereignty to a maniac impostor in white whose bitterness leads him to take criminal actions to remove those from power who don't share his heretical, blasphemous views. make a full return to the Vatican.

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/bp-f...-condition

I think we do not have to wait for everything to be resolved in the Church, for all the problems to be solved. But a certain number of conditions are necessary, and for us the essential condition is our survival. So I have told Rome, very clearly, that, just as Archbishop [Marcel] Lefebvre used to say in his day, we have a sine qua non condition: if this condition is not met, then we will not move. And this condition is for us to be able to remain as we are, to keep all the principles that have kept us alive, that have kept us Catholic."

How on earth do you get that from Bp. Fellay's quote?

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/bp-f...ve-forward

More interview content from His Excellency, proving once again, that some people should seriously consider their words before attacking the prelates of the Society.
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