Fra’ John Dunlap said Pope Francis’ Sept. 3 decree will help the ancient order improve formation, build communities, and understand better its mission of faithfully serving the poor.
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Pope Francis also convoked an Extraordinary General Chapter for Jan. 25, 2023, the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.
Reform and Obedience to the Pope: How Two Crucial Meetings Will Shape the Future of the Order of Malta
Some actions of the Pope have already questioned the sovereignty of the Order.
Cardinal Tomasi’s move is the last of a series that have jeopardized the Order of Malta’s own sovereignty.
The Pope offered his condolences in a telegram to Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi, the Pope’s special delegate to the Order of Malta.
The Italian medical doctor, who was related to Pope Paul VI, was elected as lieutenant of the grand master on Nov. 8, 2020. His term was extended by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis took over the reform process after a fierce debate within the order.
The papal meeting included the Lieutenant Grand Master Fra’ Marco Luzzago, as well as the papal delegate Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi, who is overseeing the drafting of the new constitution.
The papal delegate, appointed in 2020, spoke with the Register prior to a two-day meeting of leadership that is overseeing the reforms.