by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • December 29, 2016
ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) – Pope Francis is continuing with his investigation into the internal affairs of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, in spite of the Grand Master’s reminder that he has no authority or jurisdiction to do so.
At a private meeting held Thursday in Munich, Albert von Boeselager, the deposed Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Malta, reportedly said, “I’m demoralized by what’s happened, but I want to fight for justice.”
Von Boeselager was removed from his position in a December 6 meeting with Cdl. Raymond Burke, patron of the order, who had discovered von Boeselager had been involved in distributing condoms through Malteser International, the group’s charitable arm. The investigation had been spearheaded by Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute, who presented his findings to Burke in early November.
Von Boeselager has since loudly complained that the termination violated the Knights’ constitution, and Pope Francis established a commission December 22 to look into the matter.
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