UPDATE: From the SMOM:
Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein assumes the office of Lieutenant ad interim, Albrecht Boeselager resumes his office as Grand Chancellor
The Sovereign Council, the government of the Sovereign Order of Malta, met this afternoon in the Magistral Palace in Rome. On the agenda was the resignation from Office of Grand Master presented by Fra’ Matthew Festing, in accordance with article 16 of the Constitution of the Order of Malta. The Sovereign Council accepted his resignation from office. Conforming to the Constitution, the Pope has been notified of the resignation of Fra’ Matthew Festing, which will be communicated to the 106 Heads of State with whom the Order has diplomatic relations. In accordance with Article 17 of the Constitution, the Grand Commander, Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein, has assumed the office of Lieutenant ad interim and will remain the Order of Malta’s head until the election of the successor of the Grand Master. The Sovereign Council thanked Fra’ Matthew Festing for his great commitment during his nine years in office.
Subsequently, the Sovereign Council presided over by the Lieutenant ad interim annulled the decrees establishing the disciplinary procedures against Albrecht Boeselager and the suspension of his membership in the Order. Albrecht Boeselager resumes his office as Grand Chancellor immediately.
In a letter sent yesterday, 27 January 2017, to Fra’ Ludwig Hoffman von Rumerstein and the members of the Sovereign Council, Pope Francis reaffirmed the special relationship between the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Apostolic See. The Pope affirmed that the Lieutenant ad interim assumes responsibility over the Order’s government, in particular regarding relationships with other States. Pope Francis noted precisely that his Special Delegate will be operating on “the spiritual renewal of the Order, specifically of its professed members.” The Sovereign Order of Malta ensures its full collaboration with the Special Delegate whom the Holy Father intends to appoint.
The Sovereign Order of Malta is most grateful to Pope Francis and the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin for their interest in and care for the Order. The Order appreciates that the Holy Father’s decisions were all carefully taken with regard to and respect for the Order, with a determination to strengthen its sovereignty.
The Lieutenant ad interim together with the Sovereign Council will soon convoke the Council Complete of State for the election of the successor of the Grand Master, according to Art. 23 of the Constitution.
Ordine Malta: si dimette Festing. Lettera del Papa, nessun commissariamento
La missiva è per definire i rapporti tra governo interim e delegato vaticano
The Pope sent a letter to the Sovereign Council of the Knights of Malta expressing what he wanted to happen.
The Sovereign Council accepted the resignation of the Grand Master, Matthew Festing.
An “interim lieutenant”, fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein, will assume control.
Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager was reinstated.
There will not be a “commissar” or commission placed over them.
The Pope expressed that the interim lieutenant must work:
operando in stretta convergenza di obiettivi con il delegato speciale, il quale si occuperà del rinnovamento spirituale dell’Ordine, specificatamente dei suoi membri professi”.
working in strict concurrence of goals with the special delegate, who will occupy himself with the spiritual renewal of the Order, specifically of its professed members.
Hmmm… no commission, but a “special delegate”. Reinstated is the brother of a fellow who had just been appointed to govern Vatican finances. The “special delegate” must work to renew the SMOM spiritual life.
I read at the site of the SMOM about the role of the Cardinal Patron of the SMOM, Card. Burke HERE:
The Supreme Pontiff appoints a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church as his representative to the Sovereign Order of Malta, the “Cardinalis Patronus” (Cardinal Patronus), vested with special authority. The Cardinalis Patronus is in charge of promoting the spiritual interests of the Order and of its members, as well as the relationships between the Holy See and the Order of Malta. As of 8th November, 2014, the Cardinal Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta is: