Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Vatican Publishes Knights Templar Papers

The Knights Templar are one of the most famous (infamous?) of Medieval organizations. They protected the Holy lands for Christianity for centuries. Their success was tied closely to the Crusades and when the Crusaders lost the Holy Land, support for the Knights faded. In 1312, Pope Clement disbanded the order under charges of witchcraft. Hundreds of Knights were executed.

It looks like the Knights Templar were innocent. The Associated Press has a story titled Vatican Publishes Knights Templar Papers by Frances D'Emelio. The article notes, "Ignored for centuries, documents about the heresy trial of the ancient Christian order discovered in the Vatican's secret archives are being published in a limited edition — with an $8,377 price tag. They include a 14th-century parchment showing that Pope Clement V initially absolved the Templar leaders of heresy, though he did find them guilty of immorality and planned to reform the order, according to the Vatican archives Web site. But pressured by King Philip IV of France, Clement later reversed his decision and suppressed the order in 1312."

The Vatican is going to release the vindicating documents as a leather bound book. "Only 799 copies of the 300-page volume, Processus Contra Templarios — Latin for "Trial against the Templars" — are for sale, said Scrinium publishing house, which prints documents from the Vatican's secret archives. Each will cost $8,377, the publisher said Friday."

Good luck getting a copy. If you can, think of the fortune you will be sitting on. Libraries and conspiracy theorists will be seeking copies for generations to come. I think the 8k price can easily be translated into a huge profit in just a few years.

2 comments:

xhal said...

As a Freemason and a member of the Knights Templar, I find this very interesting. It is not as if we didn't know it anyway, but an acknowledgment is good to hear.

Anonymous said...

THE Knight templars were BeNEDICTINE Monks live by the ST BENEDICT RULE. Only the Benedictine Oblate (Ancheroties)can call themself as Knight Templar. Knight Templars are Roman catholic order not Ecuminical as Vatican 11. so no one can claim to be a Knight Templar if he is not a Benedictine . so people calling them self as Knight Templar as Ecuminical. I dint Know from when Vatican One beacame ecuminical?