New Report: Order of Malta Charity Distributed Contraception Under Leadership of Dismissed Senior Knight

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Dec. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Lepanto Institute published a new video report that provides new details regarding the removal of a senior member of the Knights of Malta.  Grand Sovereign of the Knights of Malta, Albrecht Boeselager, was abruptly removed from his post in early December, and according to sources within the Order, the distribution of condoms played a key role in his dismissal.

The new report from the Lepanto Institute shows that the Order’s international relief organization, Malteser International, had distributed condoms and oral contraceptives from 2005-2015, and even now promotes condom use on its own website.   Boeselager was in charge of Malteser international from 1989-2014.

“It’s an open and shut case,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute. “We reviewed dozens of programs conducted by Malteser International while Boeselager was in charge, and there’s no denying that the distribution of condoms and oral contraceptives was an ongoing effort under his leadership.  The Order of Malta was right to ask for his resignation.”

According to an article in Malta Today, Boeselager was suspended from the Order after he refused to resign his post.

“As a highly respected Catholic institution with the duty of carrying out their noble charge of defending the Faith and caring for the poor, it’s very important that a clear case be made that Boeselager’s removal was completely justified,” said Hichborn.  “Our hope is that this report provides clarity about what was happening under Boeselager’s leadership, so as to avoid the destructive in-fighting that could be caused by rumors and assumptions.”

The Lepanto Institute’s report can be viewed at:

About the Lepanto Institute

The Lepanto Institute for the Restoration of All Things in Christ is a research and education organization dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Church against assaults from without as well as from within. Founded in 2014, the Lepanto Institute has exposed several instances of Catholic or Catholic-affiliated organizations being directly involved in events or other matters directly contrary to Church teaching.


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