October 5, 2007 at 1:20 pm #24730
Vatican book on Templars’ demise
The Knights Templar were disbanded in the 14th Century
The Vatican is to publish a book which is expected to shed light on the demise of the Knights Templar, a Christian military order from the Middle Ages.
The book is based on a document known as the Chinon parchment, found in the Vatican Secret Archives six years ago after years of being incorrectly filed.
The document is a record of the heresy hearings of the Templars before Pope Clement V in the 14th Century.
The official who found the paper says it exonerates the knights entirely.
Prof Barbara Frale, who stumbled across the parchment by mistake, says that it lays bare the rituals and ceremonies over which the Templars were accused of heresy.
In the hearings before Clement V, the knights reportedly admitted spitting on the cross, denying Jesus and kissing the lower back of the man proposing them during initiation ceremonies.
The Pope was obliged to ask for pardons from the knights – the document absolves them
Prof Barbara Frale
Vatican Secret Archives official
However, many of the confessions were obtained under torture and knights later recanted or tried to claim that their initiation ceremony merely mimicked the humiliation the knights would suffer if they fell into the hands of the Muslim leader Saladin.
The leader of the order, Jacques de Moley, was one of those who confessed to heresy, but later recanted.
He was burned at the stake in Paris in 1314, the same year that the Pope dissolved the order.
However, according to Prof Frale, study of the document shows that the knights were not heretics as had been believed for 700 years.
In fact she says “the Pope was obliged to ask for pardons from the knights… the document we have found absolves them”.
Details of the parchment will be published as part of Processus contra Templarios, a book that will be released by the Vatican’s Secret Archive on 25 October.October 5, 2007 at 2:50 pm #24731
… what’s behind all this really I wonder, if anything? The average Catholic reading too much Dan Brown? Masonic Pressure? Nothing at all? I think in a few years’ time I might try an OBE into the Vatican’s secret stash! 🙂 Nosey nosey me. jOctober 5, 2007 at 3:21 pm #24733
You can always search your feelings young Jedi. 🙂October 5, 2007 at 5:11 pm #24735
Actually the problem is I’ve never yet been able to read anything whilst OB. 🙁
But I just do wonder, what the place is like from the astral point of view. Is all its power political or from the faith and love of its followers – “The vatican has a strong influence on the weak-minded…!”:) – or is this apostolic succession thing actually worth more than the gold robes it’s written on? What is walking those halls at night? Only the ghosts of a million cardinals wanting to be top ‘dog’ if you’ll pardon the expression? 🙂 Or is there something more conscious is there actual understanding? I think it would be interesting to know… jOctober 5, 2007 at 7:11 pm #24737
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