Yuge news over the last 24 hours in the Church.
Remember the mess in Knights of Malta wherein the Grand Chancellor was terminated for his oversight of 25 years of condom distribution, the Pope took up the cause to have him reinstated and the Grand Master told the Pope he had no authority over the Knights of Malta?
After a meeting with the Pope, the Grand Master resigned and the Grand Condom Distributer was reinstated as Grand Chancellor with all decisions taken post December 5th revoked. The Pope will appoint Grand Commander pending the appointment of a papal delegate.
I'll leave the canonical explanation to the Canon lawyers, but I believe this is a seizure of the Knights of Malta by the Pope. It's an extraordinary exercise of thuggery, which under the circumstances appears to be an abuse of the authority of the Chair of Peter.
Now that the pope has taken over the order, the legal questions mount.
Take, for example, the Vatican statement announcing the developments: It said the pope had "accepted" Festing's resignation, although under the order's own legal code the pope has no role whatsoever in accepting or rejecting resignations of grand masters. "It's not for the Holy Father to accept the resignation of the Grand Master, it's for the sovereign council to accept it," noted Kurt Martens, a professor of canon law at the Catholic University of America.
As if to drive home that point, the Knights issued a statement Wednesday saying the sovereign council would meet Jan. 28 to formally accept the resignation. In theory, the sovereign council could also reject it.
Because the Pope's role supports an individual who contradicts Church teaching and spent 25 years robbing people of salvation, it is impossible to say the hostile takeover is about the salvation of souls.
So what is it about?
As I've mentioned before there is an awful lot of money in the wallets of the Knights of Malta. Could it be about the oxygen ($$$) of bishops?
Maybe. Time will tell.
Is it about breaking down the orthodoxy of Church teaching by surrounding members with heretics, like he is doing with everything else?
Hard to exclude that possibility.
Is the Pope engaging in a pissing contest with Cardinal Burke at the expense of the salvation of souls?
I think we can take that to the bank.
But again, the Pope seems to be suffering from the delusion that Catholics devoted to the mission of salvation will kick Christ to the curb at his requests to be loyal to his proposed disobedience.
He and his cronies have no doubt crawled over a lot of craven bodies on his way to the top. But they are underestimating Church Militant and that surprises me.
Keep underestimating us. That will be fun.
More on this over the next few days, but there is a 90 day intense novena starting February 13th, Nineveh 90.
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