The Order of Malta has finally realized that it has a voice. If they had recognized the legitimacy of the meddling by the Vatican Secretary of State, the integrity and sovereignty of the SMOM would have been eroded and they would have been rendered a useless remnant of a bygone heritage. This statement is a firm long overdue Declaration of Independence for the world's smallest sovereign entity. Bravo Prince & Grand Master. It takes an Englishman to put his big foot down and say enough and stand for justice and right. The issue here has nothing to do with condoms. It is all about sovereignty and the authority of the Grand Master and Sovereign Council. This is Malta's finest hour since the resistance to the French invasion of the Island of Malta by Napoleon.