- Sep 24, 2020
In what’s likely to be seen as a big win in the Vatican’s clash with the Knights of Malta, the order’s Sovereign Council accepted the resignation of their Grand Chancellor as requested by Pope Francis and appointed an interim replacement. The Knights of Malta also pledged cooperation with a papal delegate, and voiced gratitude for the Vatican’s “interest in and care for the order.”
There may well be more behind the Order of Malta’s angry rebuttal of Pope Francis’s attempt to investigate alleged improprieties than meets the eye. Francis’s unhappy experience with the Knights in Argentina may have something to do with it.
The Order of Malta, an historic conservative Catholic religious order, will be under investigation due to a recent ‘condom scandal.’ Albrecht von Boeselager, the order’s grand chancellor, was forcibly ousted earlier this month for allegedly allowing the distribution of contraceptives in Africa.