What Is Happening Here? The Pope, the Knights of Malta, and the Orders Patron, Cardinal Burke

Rorate Caeli, Robert de Mattei: Has the Pope appointed an external commissioner to the Order of Malta? Pope Francis undeniably likes the strategy of appointing external commissioners as he has already adopted this draconian measure against two religious communities considered too “traditional”: the Franciscans of the Immaculate and the religious of the Incarnate Word.  Further, it is not by chance that the announcement of a commission to “gather suitable elements to inform the Holy See thoroughly and swiftly with regard to the matter which has recently involved the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, Mr. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager”, was given by the Vatican Press Office on December 22nd, precisely while Pope Bergoglio was transforming his traditional Christmas greetings to the Curia into a bitter chiding against those who are resistant to his project of radical change in the Church, with implicit reference to Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Patron of the Order of Malta. However, in this case, the appointing of an external commissioner is not at all possible. Full story here.

  • GeneDe

    The heavy-handed tactics used by the current pope, continues unabated, against those supporters of the Church’s perennial teachings on faith and morals. How much longer can this continue? I feel that we are inching closer and closer to a massive schism — and it may be necessary to separate the wheat from the chaff. St. Athanasius pray for us!