What about the Knights of Malta?
What about them?
Why should I or anyone defend people who are unwilling to defend themselves or their own interests or the interests of the Church?
I have it from a good source that at exactly the same moment the enemies of the Faith were conspiring with the Supreme Pontiff and the Secretary of State to destroy the order of which he was a head, Fra. Matthew, a good and decent man, went shooting.
His passion for sport shooting is well known.
Nothing he likes better than a nice stomp around the countryside.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?