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Knights Templar want Vatican apology for suppression

Catholic World News - June 17, 2011

The Italian chapter of the Knights Templar is seeking a Vatican apology for he suppression of the order in the 14th century and the execution of its leader, Jacque de Molay.

Although it was King Philip IV of France who put de Molay to death, the current head of the order, Walter Grandis, claims “an enormous degree of complicity” on the part of the Vatican. “This was an appalling crime and a miscarriage of justice that the Church allowed to happen,” he said.

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  • Posted by: bnewman - Jun. 19, 2011 11:05 PM ET USA

    I hope the Vatican has more pressing issues to consider at the moment, than some 700 year-old apology suppoedly due the Knight Templars!

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jun. 18, 2011 11:15 PM ET USA

    Knights Templar? Get back to accomplishing your mission which has been neglected since the 13th century! The Holy Land is still under control of the enemies of Christendom. Deus Vult.

  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Jun. 18, 2011 9:14 AM ET USA

    Who says that this group is actually the legitimate successor of the Templars? It seems that they just formed in the 19th Century and decided to appropriate the name to themselves. De Molay's name is also carried on in the youth group for the Freemasons; does that make them his legitimate successors?

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Jun. 17, 2011 6:59 PM ET USA

    Ooh, good point, rpp! That's reason enough for me! May we annoy him, pleasepleaseplease?

  • Posted by: rpp - Jun. 17, 2011 4:10 PM ET USA

    Hmm... Well, Blessed Pope John Paul II apologized to Jews for historical wrongs. This seems appropriate. However, it will annoy Dan Brown, which would actually be a bonus.

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