On January 12th, I posted HERE about an imbroglio going on in Vatican City over the modern day Knights of Malta. The story at that time was strictly from the lopsided Catholic press, and especially from a columnist with a bone to pick about Freemasonry.
Well, Saturday the story finally broke out into the secular press, and the New York Times picked it up in a far more detailed and linear fashion than the piece I had quoted. It should be noted the single and largely insignificant reference to Freemasonry in this article. It seems to be largely a non-issue in this matter, as far as Pope Francis making any sort of new pronouncements, or even rumblings, about our fraternity.
Read: Ten Centuries Later, a Pope and Knights Do Battle by Jason Horowitz (how he drew the Vatican assignment, I’ll never know).