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Anthony Williams withdraws application for Knights of Malta
President Falcone: Order of Malta’s members caused ‘embarrassment’
Former Mayor of D.C. Anthony Williams
Former Mayor of D.C. Anthony Williams

.- Yesterday, Order of Malta Federal President Noreen Falcone wrote members of the Order saying that former Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams had retracted his application to the Order due to protests from members.


Williams had reportedly been invited to submit an application to the Order last month, but pressure from current members concerned about his support for abortion “rights” and being an early supporter for same-sex marriage, caused him to withdraw his application without comment.

Falcone addressed the issue in a letter to the Knights and Dames of the Federal Association—one of three Order of Malta associations in the United States—regarding the candidacy of Williams.

She voiced concern about the “considerable discussion” that took place over Williams’ application, calling some of it “not always enlightened.”

Falcone particularly objected to “inaccurate” descriptions of the Order’s admission process. “All applicants must successfully complete an 18-month period of formation before consideration” she said. This process also includes an applicant meeting an “initial threshold for admission,” and an “additional examination” before being approved by the Board of Directors and Sovereign Council in Rome.

The process, according to Falcone, also requires applicants to participate in “spiritual activities and hands on volunteer projects with the poor and sick.”

CNA contacted Executive Director Joe Dempsey of the Federal Association for the Order of Malta for clarification on what the “initial threshold” and “additional examination” include, but Dempsey said he was unable to comment on the subject. He described Williams' application as an internal private matter, adding that the Order was going to let President Falcone's letter speak for itself.

Concluding her letter, Falcone asked members not to subject the Order and candidates to “needless embarrassment” again by publically criticizing candidates, but instead voice their concerns to the Board of Directors or the candidate’s sponsor.


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