The Pope has made it clear again, he is not as modern and liberal as many of his fans like to claim. That Pope Francis is not half as liberal as many want to believe, was already clear when he defended the 1968 encyclical Humanae vitae. This describes the Catholic Church’s outdated opposition to artificial birth control.
Now the Pope has taken further steps to bring the old order of the Knights of Malta under his control. The reason? This charity ran projects distributed condoms to the poor – for medical reasons and not to control births, those in charge of the order claim.
In December, the Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Malta was already dismissed. Now the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta has been personally asked by the Pope to resign, despite Grand Masters usually holding their office for life.
The Vatican has also announced Pope Francis will appoint a personally chosen delegate to run the order. So this fairly independent order, founded in the 11th century to not only defend the Catholic Faith but also assist the poor, will be run by the Vatican for the time being.
Some claim an US right-wing Cardinal has manipulated this row between the old charity order and the Vatican to increase the power of extremely conservative streams within the Catholic Church.
Regardless, the recent acts and meddling with the charitable order and its medical projects run to help the poor certainly show the Pope is not as liberal as many of his fans claim.
Guardian: Vatican condom row