Monday, December 26, 2016

Controversy within Knights of Malta over dismissal of chancellor

Image result for Sovereign Military Order of MaltaA 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 post.

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 told reporters.


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