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American conservatives provoked crisis in Knights of Malta, says reinstated chancellor

March 08, 2017

Albert von Boeselager, who was forced to resign as chancellor of the Knights of Malta but reinstated by Pope Francis, has blamed American conservatives for the turmoil in the order.

Von Boeselager said that conservatives, unhappy with the Pope’s public statements on economic affairs, have provoked conflicts at the Vatican. “There is, for instance, a very powerful, ultra-conservative movement in the US which has links to the Evangelical Churches and to conservative economists, behind which there is a great deal of money,” he said.

Von Boeselager linked Cardinal Raymond Burke to the alleged enemies of the Pope, charged that the American cardinal, by rebuking him for his involvement in a condom-distribution scheme, “is not only slandering me but is also indirectly attacking the Holy Father for protecting someone who distributes condoms.” He observed that Cardinal Burke has recently reiterated that any Catholic official who is involved in distributing condoms should resign.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 09, 2017 12:33 PM ET USA

    "Any Catholic official who is involved in distributing condoms should resign." Amen to that! Also, note the use of the politically-charged term "ultra-conservative." The only "respected" Catholic literature where I have seen that snark repeatedly used is in so-called scholarly works, such as the NJBC. If you want to understand the mindset of a Von Boeselager, then turn to leftist "Catholic" scholarship. It is this brand of "scholarship" that caused Pope Benedict to write his exegesis on Jesus.

  • Posted by: vjenkins78814 - Mar. 09, 2017 12:20 PM ET USA

    I stand with Cardinal Burke against von Boeseleger. He, Albert Von Boeseleger had no business giving out condoms.

  • Posted by: visions - Mar. 09, 2017 11:06 AM ET USA

    Interesting, there is no strong denial from Herr Von Boselager to the condom-distribution. Only criticism of certain members of the clergy and others as the enemy.