A Spanish group claiming to be the heirs of the Knights Templar have filed a law suit against Pope Benedict XVI, seeking the "rehabilitation" of the once-powerful Catholic religious order that was disbanded 700 years ago.Let me make one thing Perfectly Clear....
The Association of the Sovereign Order of the Temple of Christ also demands recognition — though not restitution — of $156 billon in assets that it claims the original Templars lost upon their dissolution.
The Knights Templar, officially known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, were founded in the early 12th century to protect Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. But their growing military and economic power inspired envy, suspicion and accusations of heresy. Pope Clement V, under pressure from King Philip IV of France, disbanded the order in 1312.
The Templars' glorious and tragic history has figured prominently in legend and popular culture, including Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.
Last year, the Vatican published a document only recently discovered in its archives showing that Clement had actually absolved the order of heresy before dissolving it for political reasons.
[ cf 'Knights Templar' file suit against pope ]
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And they have always had a fond due regard for the Papist Spawns Of Satan who were Stabbing Our Troops In The Back by NOT Supporting Our God Given Crusade against Apostasy and Herasy!!!
Which of course is what the troops are fighting for, since most of them are not in it for the tax breaks on the refund money they could have received as a major hedge fund in trouble, that would otherwise have been obliged the hedge fund to go and live with her maiden aunt across the state line...