(Rome) Henry Sire, the British historian and author of the book "The Dictator Pope," was expelled from the Sovereign Order of Malta. The Briton wants to defend against this.
The decision was already in the air since Sire became known as the author of the book in the Spring. He himself had his identity revealed through the publisher of the English edition. The original edition in Italian was published under the pseudonym Marcantonio Colonna (for the Colonna family see here). For several months, there had been puzzlement about who was hiding behind this name. Some members of the Papal Entourage went mad with rage "hunting" for the author. A discussion on the contents of the book, however, has been avoided so far.
The core of the book is the reconstruction of the strategy of the inner-Church secret circle of St. Gallen, better known as the "Mafia of St. Gallen", to organize the ascent of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the chair of Peter. Another focus is the "climate of fear" that Pope Francis created at the Roman Curia to break any resistance to his agenda.
The pseudonym had also been carefully chosen by the Catholic aristocrat and historian. Marcantonio Colonna was the commander of the papal troops in the naval battle of Lepanto. The Catholic troops and sailors were victorious and were able to break Turkish supremacy to sea. The victory was the first step in repelling the Turkish advance into Europe. Supreme Commander in the battle was Juan d'Austria, a son of Emperor Charles V.
The Sovereign Order of Malta and its submission
The Order of Malta, to whom Sire devoted a chapter of his book because Pope Francis had forced the reigning prince and grandmaster, Fra Matthew Festing, to resign and suspended the historian's membership.
Henry Sire, author of "The Dictator Pope"
At the same time a disciplinary commission was established and an exclusion procedure against the author was initiated. Sire did not take any of his statements contained in the book and documented. Rather, additional translations have been published since the suspension, including a German edition. At Katholisches.info, Sire published the text he wrote on the occasion of the publication of the German edition.
The new reigning prince and grandmaster, Fra Giacomo Dalla Torre, now completed the expulsion from the time-honored order of hospitals and knights, which will soon celebrate its thousandth anniversary. Critics such as Henry Sire, see the sovereignty of the Order as an independent subject of international law endangered by the ruthless and arbitrary actions of Pope Francis, as he had shown in the disempowerment of the legitimate Grand Master.
For the background of the deposition of Grand Master Festing see:
Verdict in case Boeselager confirms the arbitrary dismissal of Grandmaster Festing - a coup took place in the Order
Boeselager's Geneva Millions: Grand Master Festing's report to the prosecutor. Was he therefore overthrown?
The expulsion from the Order was justified by the fact that the book Sires to Pope Francis was "insulting and disrespectful".
The behavior of the British historian in this context is considered "incompatible with membership in the Order".
Book a "necessary wake-up call"
Henry Sire is fighting against his exclusion, which is why he entrusted a law firm to introduce his disciplinary proceeding.
In a statement, he described the expulsion as "illegal" because the proceedings violated the applicable principles of the Order of Malta law. He also disagreed with the assertion of the current administration that he had been summoned to a hearing but had not appeared. That does not correspond to the facts. There had been an exchange of correspondence, but he was "never" summoned to a hearing. Also, witnesses have never been named or heard. [Some things never change.]
Sire sees in his book a "necessary wake-up call" and expresses the hope that "The Dictator Pope" will prevent the Cardinals from "making the same mistake in the next conclave". He wrote the book "for the good of the Church, in defense of the faith, and in obedience to his duty as a Christian to testify to the truth."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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