The Holy See had named a commission of inquiry two days ago. Some interpreted it as an effort to harass or strike back at the leader of the "dubia resistance," Cardinal Raymond Burke, who as Patron of the Knights had participated in the decision to oust the grand chancellor in early December.
Albrecht von Boeselager was fired for allegedly being involved in the distribution of condoms while he was grand hospitaller or health minister and then attempting to cover it up.
Statement of the Grand Magistry (12/23/25)
The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta has learnt of the decision made by the Holy See to appoint a group of five persons to shed light on the replacement of the former Grand Chancellor.
The replacement of the former Grand Chancellor is an act of internal governmental administration of the Sovereign Order of Malta and consequently falls solely within its competence. The aforementioned appointment is the result of a misunderstanding by the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.
The Grand Master respectfully clarified the situation yesterday evening in a letter to the Supreme Pontiff, laying out the reasons why the suggestions made by the Secretariat of State were unacceptable.
He assured the Holy Father of his filial devotion and asked the Pontiff for the Apostolic Blessing, both for him and for the Sovereign Order of Malta, its 13,500 members and its 100,000 staff and volunteers who continue to provide a permanent and efficient hospitaller presence in more than 120 countries in the world according to the centuries-old charism of the Order of Malta.