Skip to comments.Knights Templar 'Heirs' Sue Pope For Billions
Posted on 09/07/2008 6:51:34 AM PDT by Gamecock
A group of people claiming to be the heirs of the legendary Knights Templar are suing Pope Benedict XVI, seeking more than $150 billion for assets seized by the Catholic Church seven centuries ago.
They also want to restore the order's good name. Founded in 1119, the Knights Templar was a secretive order of Christian warriors who protected pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem during the Crusades. They fell out of favor years later, and members were accused of denying Christ, worshipping the devil and practicing sodomy. Many Templars were tortured and burned at the stake.
In 1307, Pope Clement V accused the order of heresy and officially dissolved it.
Fiona Govan, who wrote about the lawsuit for London's Daily Telegraph, tells host Andrea Seabrook the order is believed to have gone underground and continued to practice, but that there is no firm, historical evidence to support it.
Last fall, the Vatican published secret documents about the trial of the Templars in a book called Processus Contra Templarios, Latin for "Trial Against the Templars." The volume included a parchment apparently showing that, contrary to historic belief, Clement had absolved the order of heresy.
Now, a group called the Association of the Sovereign Order of the Temple of Christ has filed suit in a Spanish court, asking for an apology from the pope and recognition that land and property worth about $150 billion today was seized from the Templars.
The Vatican will never reimburse the group, Govan says, because its members cannot prove that they are descendants of the Knights Templar.
She calls the claim "ludicrous" and says Spanish papers have suggested the issue is something for psychiatrists to decide rather than historians.
Some people need to visit hurricane stricken areas.
Why don’t they sue the king of France?
[CATHOLIC/ KNIGHTS TEMPLAR CAUCUS] Knights Templar heirs in legal battle with the Pope
The Telegraph ^ | 8/3/2008 | Fiona Govan
Posted on Monday, August 04, 2008 4:20:36 PM by markomalley
This should be quite a trial when they bring in the eye witnesses.
Quote from the article:
“Last fall, the Vatican published secret documents about the trial of the Templars in a book called Processus Contra Templarios, Latin for “Trial Against the Templars.” The volume included a parchment apparently showing that, contrary to historic belief, Clement had absolved the order of heresy.”
I am not sure why this is considered such a surprise. Anyway, Vatican historian Barbara Frale, published a massive book on this based on the newly discovered trial records. The original book, published a year or two ago by the Vatican, was a steep $800 and appeared as a large folio with an exact facsimile of the manuscript. Frale is, however, coming out with an affordable book called, The Templars: The Secret History Revealed, in January, 2009. The Foreward is written by Umberto Eco who has long been a debunker of silly Templar/Mason myths. You can pre-order it at Amazon.com already for under $17.
Not only have historians long known that the Templars were most likely innocent, but even novelists (most recently Buttigieg) have used that idea in their novels.
Searched for it and it didn’t come up, otherwise I wouldn’t have posted it.
Friday 13th 1307, Pope Clement V accused the order of heresy and officially dissolved it and the king of France didn’t have to repay the Templars.
Gamecock's source is an NPR story, whereas markomalley's was a Telegraph UK story. Different headline, different authors, different text.
And if anyone seriously believes that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale.
Oh goody, another Tom Hanks movie
Can I sue the Romans for enslaving my ancestors?
A great writer. If you have read his books, you realize that Dan Brown is a very poor rip off of Eco. What is even better, is that while many of his books deal with conspiracies, he makes fun of them in the books. So at the end, you realize the characters just fooled themselves.
Hey, they're my ancestors, too.
I think first we have to pay the Romans reparations for kicking their little Latin heinies at the Battle of the Teutoburger Wald. ;-)
700 gold denarii per man, at 7% interest compounded annually for 2000 years, is ...
I believe calling someone a liar qualifies as a personal attack.
John Edwards might be available.
But the Romans often used simple interest after Julius Cesar, so that won't be so bad. Though 749 gold denarii would be quite a sum nowadays. Guess we will have to call it a wash.
Although, it has often been thought that some of my family had Roman blood, so I might owe reparations to myself...