Skip to comments.The Knights Who Won’t Retreat
Posted on 01/11/2017 5:58:18 PM PST by marshmallow
Vatican officials have mounted an extraordinary challenge to the ancient Order of Malta. But what is the row really about?
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is one of the more improbable success stories of the 21st-century Church. Founded in 1099 to provide hospital care and military defence in the Holy Land, it has retained much of its medieval tradition and ceremony. But it has also, by gradual reform, become a powerhouse of international aid. More than 100,000 members, medical staff and volunteers are offering practically every form of charitable assistance around the world, from handing out sandwiches to the homeless in Britain, to running Aids clinics in Africa, to rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean.
The order attributes this vast network in large part to its sovereign status. Thanks to its diplomatic links with more than 100 countries, it often has access to places that other agencies cannot reach.
It is a religious order, some of whose knights take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. But the order also values its independent sovereignty, which it has jealously guarded. In the early 1950s, when Cardinal Nicola Canali tried to bring the order more under the sway of the Vatican, the knights successfully resisted what they saw as a power grab. Since then Rome has mostly let the order get on with things right up until last month.
The crisis was brought about by the dismissal of Albrecht von Boeselager, the orders Grand Chancellor (number three). Boeselagers previous job was running the orders humanitarian arm, Malteser International. A few Malteser projects had been handing out condoms since 2005, according to the watchdog the Lepanto Institute. The order says that Boeselager had known about this since at least 2013 and had failed to respond properly. Moreover, it alleges, he had concealed the......
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Are they at all related to the “Maltese Falcon” story? (serious question)
No, but they are the same group who defeated the muslims in the Siege of Malta 1565 AD. This example led to some of the Christian Kings cooperating and defeating the muslim fleet at the battle of Lepanto 7 years later.
Thanks for the interesting info!
There were three kingdoms, each bordering on the same lake. For centuries, these kingdoms had fought over an island in the middle of that lake. One day, they decided to have it out, once and for all.
The first kingdom was quite rich, and sent an army of 25 knights, each with three squires. The night before the battle, the knights jousted and cavorted as their squires polished armor, cooked food, and sharpened weapons.
The second kingdom was not so wealthy, and sent only 10 knights, each with 2 squires. The night before the battle, the knights cavorted and sharpened their weapons as the squires polished armor and prepared dinner.
The third kingdom was very poor, and only sent one elderly knight with his sole squire. The night before the battle, the knight sharpened his weapon, while the squire, using a looped rope, slung a pot high over the fire to cook while he prepared the knights armor.
The next day, the battle began. All the knights of the first two kingdoms had cavorted a bit too much (one should never cavort while sharpening weapons and jousting) and could not fight. The squire of the third kingdom could not rouse the elderly knight in time for combat. So, in the absence of the knights, the squires fought.
The battle raged well into the late hours, but when the dust finally settled, a solitary figure limped from the carnage. The lone squire from the third kingdom dragged himself away, beaten, bloodied, but victorious.
And it just goes to prove, the squire of the high pot and noose is equal to the sum of the squires of the other two sides.
Look, it’s Friday. Do you have any idea how hard it is to make light of a knight?
Did I sleep through Thursday?
Ahh, I see the problem. You aren’t aware that in Neener! Neener! Neener! land, every day has the potential for being Friday, especially when P-Marlowe, the (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*) says it’s Friday, then it’s Friday.
Today happens to be a great day to be Friday, don’t you agree?
you are showing your age BC LOL
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