After the Grand Master, Another Head Is About To Fall: That of Cardinal Burke

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. (H/T to Vox Cantoris) The Lord shew his face to thee, and have mercy on thee.  The Lord turn his countenance to thee, and give thee peace.  Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee. 
The Lord shew his face to thee, and have mercy on thee.
The Lord turn his countenance to thee, and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:24-26 – (h/t to Vox Cantoris)

Sandro Magister (below) reveals  what Catholics have been fearing ever since Matthew Festing handed in his resignation of Sovereignty of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the Pope a few days ago. Magister concludes that the real target all along was surely holy and courageous Cardinal Raymond Burke. And we all know only too well the reasons for this!

Decapitated by the pope of its Grand Master, the Englishman Matthew Festing, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta not only has ratified his forced resignation on Saturday, January 28, but it has turned back the hands of time to the fateful 6th of December, 2016, reinstating in the role of Grand Chancellor the very man who on that day had been removed from it and suspended from the Order, the German Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager.

What reversed the fortunes within the Order, to the point of driving it to this act of total submission to the bidding of Pope Francis, were three acts carried out in rapid succession by the pontiff himself: the summoning of the Grand Master on January 24 with the order given to him to resign; the letter on the following day from secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin with the specification of the pope’s wishes; and finally two letters on January 27 from the pope himself, with a further specification of the role to be performed by the “pontifical delegate” whose arrival has been announced: “for the spiritual renewal of the Order.”

And it is this last element that is the most newsworthy in the statement released this evening by the Order. As Settimo Cielo had correctly reported, Pope Francis has in effect granted the Order the faculty of proceeding according to its constitutions concerning its interim regency – now assumed by the Grand Commander of the Order, Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein – and the appointment of the new Grand Master. So the “pontifical delegate” will neither replace nor overlap the legitimate governance of the Order, as many had hoped or feared. Instead he will accompany it with the task of “spiritual” guide. A task, that is, very similar to the one that already belongs by statute to the cardinal patron.

The decapitation inflicted by Pope Francis on the Order of Malta is therefore twofold. Because what is falling is not only the head of Grand Master Festing, but also, de facto, that of cardinal patron Raymond Leo Burke. Meaning the ones who had brought about the removal of Boeselager in the certainty that they were thereby putting into practice the mandate entrusted to them by the pope, in a December 1 letter to Burke: to “promote the spiritual interests of the order and remove any affiliation with groups or practices that run contrary to the moral law.”

That removal, instead, set in motion an unprecedented clash within the Order of Malta and between the Order and the Holy See, the narrative of which was discernible in the combative statements released by the Order until a few days ago.

Today there is no more trace of those statements. They have all been removed from the official website of the Order.

But it is difficult to believe that the tumult can be neutralized simply by the act of submission to the pope carried out by the new regency of the Order on Saturday, January 28.

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The most detailed and documented reconstruction of the affair can be found in these three [four] articles by Edward Pentin for the National Catholic Register:

January 7, 2017
> Disorder in the Order of Malta

January 18, 2017
> Order of Malta, Holy See Remain at Odds Over Inquiry Commission

January 26, 2017
> Pope Francis Declares All of Festing’s Recent Acts “Null and Void”

January 28, 2017
> Order of Malta Votes in Favor of Accepting Festing’s Resignation

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8 Responses to After the Grand Master, Another Head Is About To Fall: That of Cardinal Burke

  1. toadspittle says:

    “Some have asked: if a saint of old were to visit a typical modern Catholic church on Sunday, would he recognize the activities there as Catholic? “
    What would Christ and his Apostles make of The Traditional Latin Mass?
    They wouldn’t understand one word of it, for a start.
    Would any of them realise what was going on? Would they recognise it as “Catholic”?
    The gold, the incense, the lavish costumes, the music? Very far from their lives.

  2. The Raven says:

    That’s hogwash, Toad: Our Lord and His Apostles were well versed in the Old Testament and the ritual of the Temple; they would look at the old Mass and see the ritual of the Temple renewed and directed to the unbloody sacrifice of the altar.

    The old Mass, like the rites used in the East, would be well within The cultural understanding of first century Jewish people.

  3. toadspittle says:

    “That’s hogwash, Toad: Our Lord and His Apostles were well versed in the Old Testament and the ritual of the Temple; they would look at the old Mass and see the ritual of the Temple renewed and directed to the unbloody sacrifice of the altar.

    If you like, Raven. It’s all open to any degree of speculation, surely?

    “…they would look at the old Mass and see …”
    Well, they might – and then they might not. We have no clue.
    I have no idea about what Christ might have thought about anything.
    …Because we know nothing, not even if he really said anything at all.
    And neither do you.

  4. GC says:

    Very obviously, Toad, again and again and again, you’ve got to do, got to do your own homework before endlessly flapping off those old endlessly flapping flappers of yours.

    We don’t provide here a Toad homework service.

  5. toadspittle says:

    “We don’t provide here a Toad homework service.”
    Whoever suggested you did, GC?
    …But, with your permission, I will still put the odd, politely worded, question.

  6. The Raven says:

    If you like, Raven. It’s all open to any degree of speculation, surely?

    Not really: Our Lord is recorded as having been present in the Temple on many occasions and as a relative of members of the priestly caste (John the Baptist, his cousin, for example).

    We have extensive accounts of the worship of the Temple from the Old Testament and from contemporary witnesses; there is little or no speculation in it.

    “…they would look at the old Mass and see …”
    Well, they might – and then they might not. We have no clue.

    I think that you mean “I, Toad, have no clue”.

    I have no idea about what Christ might have thought about anything.
    …Because we know nothing, not even if he really said anything at all.
    And neither do you.

    Fortunately for me, His disciples compiled a compendium of his words and doings and disseminated it throughout the world. What evidence do you have to assert that these accounts are inaccurate? (Here’s a clue, your evidence rhymes with a common name given to female members of religious orders).

  7. toadspittle says:

    “What evidence do you have to assert that these accounts are inaccurate? “
    None. Maybe they’re not. But I imagine you agree that there’s no point in pursuing futile this line , which I was foolish to have started.

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