A feeling of urgency and importance pervades this saga. It is a time of intense personal and ecclesiastical controversy for the pope; for him to have prioritized this odd squabble with an ancient chivalric order is bizarre, raising questions about hidden motivations and machinations at the highest levels of the Church.What lies hidden beneath the stories we are being told?
Why is this nearly thousand-year-old sovereign, lay religious order — involved primarily in the sort of charitable works Francis lauds — the target of such an aggressive (and arguably illegal) intervention from Rome? What leverage is being brought to bear by the Vatican to coerce behaviors within the Order that seem, on the surface, entirely contrary to self-preservation and good sense?
The full story behind this saga has yet to be told, but the best report to date with the most current information can be found at the source post from which the two paragraphs above are excerpted. Find it at: Malta Besieged: An Ancient and Sovereign Order Toppled by Rome – OnePeterFive