A controversy has erupted within the Sovereign Military Order of Malta after the grand master of the Order, Fra Matthew Festing, dismissed the group’s chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager.
Boeselager, whose position within the Knights of Malta was roughly
equivalent to that of a foreign minister, had refused an order from Fra
Festing for his resignation.
The grand master, noting that members of
the order pledge obedience to their superiors, announced that the
situation had become “untenable” and removed the chancellor for his
Von Boeselager said that he had been ordered to resign because he was
seen as a “liberal Catholic.”
He was reportedly instructed to step down
because of his involvement in a plan to distribute condoms as a means
of limiting the spread of AIDS.
Cardinal Raymon Burke, the patron of the
Knight of Malta, was directly involved in his ouster, von Boeselager