Yesterday I posted how Fra Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Knights of Malta and by all accounts an exemplary Catholic, was strong-armed by Pope Francis into resigning his position. A day later, Albrecht von Boeselager, the Grand Chancellor who Festing dismissed because he allowed a Malta organization to distribute condoms, was reinstated. Most of us believe that this is yet another attack on Catholic morality. Don't forget what Pope Francis said at the end of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family over a year ago: we faithful Catholics have to "mature". However, there might have been an additional reason to reinstate Boeselager.
Today I saw on Pewsitter a link to a Vatican press release, published last year. It announced the appointment of three new board of director members for the Vatican Bank. one of them is Georg von Boeselager. Yes, he and the disgraced-but-reinstated Condom Chancellor are brothers. If anyone believes this is a coincidence (note the timing of events), they are inexcusably naive.
This sheds some new light - and questions - as to why the pope has literally attempted to seize control of a sovereign state. Whether or not that attempt will hold water I don't know; I don't see how it can. Other bloggers have pointed out that if this attempt stands, then the Vatican would have no rational defense if Italy were to attempt an annexation of the Vatican.
I believe more on this rather sordid matter will be coming to light soon. Stay tuned.
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