UPDATE 5 Jan 2017:
The UK publication The Tablet (aka The Pill) claims to have seen letters indicating that Pope Francis did not want the Albrecht von Boeselager thrown out as Grand Chancellor and then suspended from the Order.
Their headline… just to help, I’m sure:
EXCLUSIVE: CARDINAL BURKE AND GRAND MASTER FESTING DEFIED WISHES OF POPE BY SACKING GRAND CHANCELLOR
All along I have been concerned that this dust up would be used by Card. Burke’s haters to harm him in some way.
ORIGINALLY Published on: Jan 1, 2017
I am watching the kerfuffle between the Vatican and the Knights of Malta with a measure of amusement.
To be more precise, I watch the dust up between the Vatican City State (SCV) and the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta (SMOM).
As you know a high muckity in the SMOM was given the heave-ho for having been involved in things that no Catholic should be involved in. The upper echelon of the SMOM are actually a type of religious, who make vows and such. Insofar as he violated Catholic principles he was ousted.
Enter The Pope.
Pope Francis indicated that he would set up a commission (what else?) to study the situation.
The SMOM promptly said, “Mind your own business.” More HERE
What’s with that? If SMOMs are Catholic and religious, shouldn’t the Pope be able to get involved? Insofar as they are religious, perhaps yes. However, insofar as the SMOM is recognized as its own sovereign country, no! They are a sovereign state, just as the Vatican City State is a sovereign state. So, the head of one state (SCV’s Pope) has no authority to interfere with the internal governance of another sovereign state (SMOM).
Thus we are witnessing in our times the …
Diplomatic Tiff Between The World’s Two Smallest Countries!
My spies tell me that San Marino may get involved with peace keeping troops.
Furthermore, Monaco and Liechtenstein have both offered to host the Peace Talks.
Andorra remains, for the time being, neutral.