- Oct 24, 2020
The Knights of Malta, whose patron is American Cardinal Raymond Burke, have called Pope Francis’s investigation legally “irrelevant” and aimed at limiting its sovereignty, after an official was fired over charges that the order’s charity branch distributed tens of thousands of condoms in Myanmar.
German Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the Vatican’s top doctrinal official, has said there’s no need for a “fraternal correction” of Pope Francis, as suggested by American Cardinal Raymond Burke, because the pope’s document “Amoris Laetitia” is clear in its doctrine.
Amidst controversy surrounding ‘Amores Laetitia,’ Pope Francis himself has thus far declined to engage his foes directly, preferring to let his writings, periodic interviews and daily sermons speak for themselves. But Rev. Antonio Spadaro defends Francis against criticism happily.
In an extraordinary rebuke of the pontiff, the Order of Malta has said the replacement of its grand chancellor was an “act of internal governmental administration of the Sovereign Order of Malta and consequently falls solely within its competence.”
By rejecting the process of the synod and its fruits, the critics of Amoris Laetitia, led by four protesting cardinals, have crossed a line, and look increasingly like the dissenting lobbies under John Paul II who accused him of betraying Vatican II. Meanwhile, the Church is moving on.
Despite the insistence of papal allies that everything is clear about ‘Amoris Laetitia’, there’s an important segment of the Church that doesn’t believe that’s true. Whether they’re a minority doesn’t matter – they can’t simply be dismissed, because they include senior figures in the hierarchy.