(Rome) The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta , Fra 'Matthew Festing, repeated his accusation against the fact finding mission set up by Pope Francis on the Boeselager case. This commission is not legally competent because the Maltese government is a sovereign entity of international law and the deposed Grand Chancellor Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, as a member of the Second Order of the Order, is not subject to the Vatican in his tasks and functions concerning the Order. Moreover, some of the five commissioners have personal and financial ties and would therefore not guarantee objectivity.
Grandmaster Festing expressed serious doubts about the composition of the Commission and accused three of the five Commissioners of conflicts of interest. At least three Commissioners are associated with a fund in Geneva, which was managed by former Grand Chancellor Boeselager.
According to Festing, he does not raise any personal accusations, but asserts that the personal and financial connections between at least three Commissioners and Boeselager, mean that "they are clearly prejudiced about their objective."
According to information in the National Catholic Register the three members of the inquiry commission are Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Marc Odendall and Marwan Sehnaoui. Together with Boeselager, they are linked to a gift of 120 million Swiss francs, in favor of the Order.
The Vaticanist Edward Pentin wrote in an article that the majority of the commissioners were personal friends with the ex-chancellor, including Archbishop Tomasi.
The National Catholic Register reported: Boeselager has exercised with respect to the composition of the commission of inquiry, considerable pressure on the Vatican - according to information internal to the Order. It was therefore assumed that the Commission constituted a plea in favor of Boeselager.