Pope Francis has exercised his papal authority and sacked the head of the Knights of Malta following a controversy within the ancient chivalric organization. In dismissing the leader, Pope Francis has made a rare use of power as the absolute monarch of Vatican City and the leader of the Church. Today’s popes rarely exercise their… Continue reading Why did Pope Francis sack the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta?
The Order’s Grand Master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, offered his resignation to the Pope on Tuesday The Vatican says Pope Francis will name a pontifical delegate to run the embattled Knights of Malta, effectively taking over the sovereign lay Catholic order after its leader resigned in a bitter dispute with the pontiff over a condom scandal. The move marks an extraordinary intervention of… Continue reading Vatican: Pope Francis to name delegate to run Order of Malta