The Knights of Malta are undergoing a crisis. According to recently leaked internal documents obtained by Church Militant, a heterodox faction — comprised largely of Germans — is at war with the faithful, orthodox faction, whose deposed figurehead, former Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing, has been sidelined.
The man at the center of the German faction's machinations — at least, the public face of these — is Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager, a man who, after he was suspended in December over a condom distribution scandal, allegedly "went straight to see the all-powerful Cardinal Marx to plot and plan his re-instatement and his revenge" against Fra' Festing, his superior.
"Boeselager seemed determined to have his own coup d'etat against his own Prince and Grand Master," the leaked document continued, "and somehow contrived to get the Vatican to support this rebellion."
At the root is a faction of faithless knights invested in changing the Order's ancient mission:
A small but influential group within the Order of Malta would like to eliminate the religious character of the Order, jettison the Knights of Justice and their full religious vows, jettison the noble character of the Order, and turn the Order into yet another, run-of-the-mill and common-place secularised non-governmental organization (NGO)
It continues, "Although they hotly deny it, these subversives are clearly set upon a secret course to destroy the Order of Malta and replace it with something entirely different, secular and emasculated and no longer fully Catholic."
Watch the panel break it down in The Download—Treachery Among the Knights of Malta.