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December 2, 2004

Better Late Than Never

by Red Wolf

United Kingdom: Seven hundred years after they were denounced as heretics and condemned to torture and death, the Knights Templar are calling for a public apology from the Roman Catholic Church.

The secretive organisation which was formed at the time of the Crusades has written to Pope John Paul II requesting that the Vatican officially atone for the persecution of the order.

The formal request for reconciliation to the Vatican has come from an English-based sept and is signed by the Council of Chaplains, for and on behalf of the acting Grand Master. The letter asks for an apology from the Vatican for the persecution of our brothers of the Knights Templar and the torture and murder of our leadership, under Pope Clement V during the 14th century AD.

They have a nice little summary of what they believe their role in history to have been:

The Knights Templar order was formed in 1118 at the end of the First Crusade to protect Christian pilgrims en route to the Holy Land. The organisation built up vast riches from booty it pillaged while fighting in the Holy Lands. Within two centuries the order, which enjoyed the backing of the Holy See and European monarchies, had become powerful enough to defy all but the Pope. By 1307 it had fallen foul of Philip IV of France who needed funds for his war against England. With the blessing of Pope Clement V, the king moved against the Templars on Friday 13 October of that year and had them all arrested for heresy. More than 2,000 Templars were tortured and forced to confess to crimes of homosexuality and sodomy; spitting and trampling on the cross; and devil worshipping. As a result King Philip was able to seize their money and assets and by 1314 when the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Jacques de Molay, was burnt at the stake they had ceased to officially exist.

Basically they were in the nastiness of the Crusades up to their eyeballs, happily raping and pillaging the good Moslem folk along the way with the Pope's blessing, had a falling out over coughing up war funds and got shafted by the Pope. Nothing really changes.

Knights Templar seek papal apology for 700 years of persecution - The Independent, 29th November 2004.

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1: Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge | December 6, 2004 1:29 AM

Actually it was Philip the Just, King of France who did the deed on them because he was eyeing their treasury. Of course, at the time, the Pope was in his pocket and his puppet. Ultimately, Philip wanted to nationalise "the business" of religious orders.

2: Posted by: Freddy Gray | December 7, 2004 11:53 AM

The King of France died mysteriously and his kin were wiped out in the Recolution. The cry from the crowd was "De Molay is avenged!"

An apology from the Vatican is long overdue.

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