The Order of Malta has suspended Dictator Pope author Henry Sire for allegedly breaching its constitution.

The Catholic Herald understands that the Order notified Mr Sire of his suspension last Wednesday, two days after he was revealed to be the mysterious author.

Sire’s identity was confirmed on Monday of last week when Regnery Publishing accidentally posted his name in an online description of the book. He had originally self-published the work under the pseudonym Marcantonio Colonna, a commander at the Battle of Lepanto.

He tweeted on Monday: “As the French say, l’heure est arrivée. Sometimes a surprise coming-out party is best …

“I tip my hat to the great Admiral Colonna, whose name I’ve tried to honour,” he added.

The Dictator Pope caused a considerable stir when it appeared in electronic format in December. It tells the story of Francis’s pontificate, as well as his life before becoming Pope, drawing on a wide range of material including anonymous sources within the Vatican.

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