Albert von Boeselager, who was forced to resign as chancellor of the Knights of Malta but reinstated by Pope Francis, has blamed American conservatives for the turmoil in the order.
Von Boeselager said that conservatives, unhappy with the Pope’s
public statements on economic affairs, have provoked conflicts at the
“There is, for instance, a very powerful, ultra-conservative
movement in the US which has links to the Evangelical Churches and to
conservative economists, behind which there is a great deal of money,”
Von Boeselager linked Cardinal Raymond Burke to the alleged enemies
of the Pope, charged that the American cardinal, by rebuking him for his
involvement in a condom-distribution scheme, “is not only slandering me
but is also indirectly attacking the Holy Father for protecting someone
who distributes condoms.”
He observed that Cardinal Burke has recently
reiterated that any Catholic official who is involved in distributing
condoms should resign.