Pope Francis Orders Purge of Freemasons From Knights of Malta

Pope Francis ordered that all Freemasons be expelled from the Knights of Malta, shortly after the election of Freemason President Donald Trump.  RELATED POST: Uncovering The Trump-Freemason Connection

Pope Ordered Card. Burke to Clean Out Freemasons from the Knights of Malta


Pope-FrancisIt has emerged that during a meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Burke in November about the scandal of the Knights of Malta distributing condoms and oral contraceptives in Africa, the Holy Father instructed Cardinal Burke to “clean out” Freemasonry from the order. The Holy Father gave this order to Cardinal Burke in his role as patron of the Knights of Malta by papal appointment.

The Vatican journalist Edward Pentin revealed details of Pope Francis’s concerns about the influence of the Freemasons on the Knights of Malta:

Hopes that the contraceptive scandal would be addressed came on Nov. 10, when Cardinal Burke was received in private audience by Pope Francis. During that meeting, the Register has learned, the Pope was “deeply disturbed” by what the cardinal told him about the contraceptive distribution. The Pope also made it clear to Cardinal Burke that he wanted Freemasonry “cleaned out” from the order, and he demanded appropriate action. The concern was followed up by a Dec. 1 letter to Cardinal Burke, in which the Register has learned that the Holy Father underlined the cardinal’s constitutional duty to promote the spiritual interests of the order and remove any affiliation with groups or practices that run contrary to the moral law.

Edward Pentin reports that Pope Francis was “deeply disturbed” by the evidence concerning Malteser International’s distribution of condoms and oral contraceptives in the Far East and Africa during the tenure of Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, a German Knight of Malta.  Boeselager was dismissed as grand chancellor following an internal investigation by the Knights of Malta. It is not clear why Pope Francis specifically identified Freemasonry as a problem in his response to the evidence presented by Cardinal Burke during the November meeting.

Pope Francis has previously criticized the destructive influence of the Freemasons and their hostility towards the Church. During his address to young people during his apostolic visit to Turin the Holy Father spoke about “Masonic, hardcore anticlericals and Satanists”:


Francis Creates Vatican Commission to Investigate Knights of Malta

Source: National Catholic Reporter | by 

Pope Francis has created a new Vatican commission to investigate the recent decision of the head of the Knights of Malta to fire one of the order’s senior leaders, asking the commission members to report back “in short-order.”

The commission is to investigate Knights of Malta Grand Master Matthew Festing’s decision to fire the order’s Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Boeselager. The decision has sparked open debates among Knights about whether Boeselager’s firing was lawful or justified.

Boeselager says his firing was in violation of the Knights’ constitution. As reported by The Tablet, the firing led several prominent members of the order to accuse Festing of causing a constitutional crisis within the order.

The Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta, as it is formally known, is a prestigious lay religious order that was founded at the end of the 11th century to defend the faith and assist the poor.

The Grand Master of the order is elected for life and is traditionally given a number of special honors, including having the precedence of a cardinal in church ceremonies and events. The spiritual patron of the order is U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke.


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Knights of Malta Tells Pope Francis to Stay Out of Order’s Internal Affairs in Extraordinary Rebuke

Source: The Telegraph

The ancient order of the Knights of Malta has told Pope Francis that his decision to launch an investigation into the dismissal of a top official over a condom scandal is “unacceptable” in an extraordinary rebuke of the pontiff.

The group, formally titled the Sovereign Order of Malta, 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.”

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a five-member commission to investigate the December 8 sacking of Albrecht von Boeselager amid evidence that Francis’ own envoy to the group, conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, helped engineer it without his blessing.

One charge used against von Boeselager concerned a program that the order’s Malteser International aid group had participated in several years ago with other aid groups to help sex slaves in Myanmar, including giving them condoms to protect them from HIV infection.


Ten Centuries Later, a Pope and Knights Do Battle

Soure: The New York Times | By 

ROME — It began as a fight over staffing. Then came a dispute about condoms, followed by papal concerns about Freemasons. Now it has become a full-scale proxy war between Pope Francis and the Vatican traditionalists who oppose him, with the battleground being a Renaissance palace flanked by Jimmy Choo and Hermès storefronts on Via dei Condotti, Rome’s most exclusive street.

The palace is the headquarters of the Knights of Malta, the medieval Roman Catholic order. For months, an ugly, if quiet, spat over staffing simmered behind the order’s walls before spilling across the Tiber River to the Vatican, setting off a back-and-forth between the two camps. Francis and his lieutenants sent angry letters. The Knights ignored them, claiming sovereignty.

This past week, the dispute finally blew up. Fed up, Francis took the extraordinary steps of demanding the resignation of the order’s leader — a decision the Knights officially accepted Saturday — and announcing that a papal delegate would step in.

Conservatives promptly denounced what they called an illegal annexation and ideological purging by a power-obsessed pontiff, while liberal observers saw the whole episode as resulting from an act of subterfuge by the pope’s most public critic within the Vatican hierarchy, the American cardinal Raymond Burke.

A seemingly obscure intra-Catholic squabble had erupted into an unexpected shock to the church with ideological fault lines running to the top of the Vatican.

“The Vatican is a thing built of tradition,” said John Thavis, the author of “The Vatican Diaries” and a veteran church analyst, “and once those traditional parts start feuding with each other, that is a dangerous sign.”

Francis remains one of the world’s most popular figures, but the spat with the Knights is a small indicator of how the political tensions rippling across the globe are alive in the Vatican, too. Only a year ago, Francis’ calls to fight climate change and help migrants seemed to place him in the lead of a progressive global vanguard, in keeping with his push for a more welcoming church.

Now, suddenly, he is more politically isolated. The election of President Trump and the rise of far-right populists in Europe have ushered in an angrier era — and emboldened traditionalists inside the Vatican who sense that the once-impregnable pope could be vulnerable.



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