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.
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.