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Ămeric
Friday, October 12th, 2007, 09:44 PM
The Vatican has published secret documents about the trial of the Knights Templar, including a parchment - long ignored because of a vague catalog entry in 1628 - showing that Pope Clement V initially absolved the medieval order of heresy.

The 300-page volume recently came out in linited edition - 799 copies - each priced at $8,377, said Scrinium publishing house, which prints documents from the Vaticans secret archives.

The order of knights, which ultimately disappeared because of the heresy scandal, recently captivated the imagination of readers of the best-seller "The Da Vinci code," which linked the Templars to the story of the Holy Grail.

The Vatican work reproduces the entire documentation of the papal hearings convened after King Philip IV of France arrested and tortured Templar leaders in 1307 on charges of heresy and immorality.

The military order of the Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon was founded in 1118 in Jerusalem to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land after the First Crusade.

As their military might increased, the Templars also grew in wealth, acquiring property throughout Europe and running a primitive banking system. After they left the Middle East with the collapse of the Crusader kingdoms, their power and secretive ways aroused the fear of European rulers and sparked accusations of corruption and blasphemy.

Historians believe Philip owed debts to the Templars and used the accusations to arrest their leaders and extract, under torture, confessions of heresy as a way to seize the order's riches.

The publishing house said the new book includes the "Parchment of Chinon," a 1308 decision by Clement to save the Templars and their order.

The Vatican archives researcher who found the parchment said Friday that it probably had been ignored because the 1628 entry on the 40-inch-wide parchment was "too Spartan, too vague."

"Unfortunately, there was an archiving error in how the document was described," the researcher, Barbara Frale, said in a telephone interview from her home in Viterbo, north of Italy.

"More than an error, it was a little sketchy," she said.

The parchment, in remarkable good condition considering its 700 years, apparently had loast been consulted at the start of the 20th century, Frale said, surmising that its significance must have not been realized then.

Frale said she was intrigued by the 1628 entry because, while it apparently referred to some minor matter, it noted that three top cardinals, including the right-hand man of Clement, Berenger Fredol, had made a long journey to interrogate someone.

"Going on with my research, it turned out that in reality it was an inquest of very great importance" on behalf of the Templars who had been segregated, practically kidnapped, by the king of France and shut up in secret in his castle in Chinon on the Loire."

According to the Vatican archives website, the parchment shows that Clement initially absolved the Templar leaders of heresy, though he did find them guilty of immorality, and that he planned to reform the order.

However, pressured by Philip, Clement later reversed his decision and suppressed the order in 1312.

Jacque de Molay, Grand Master of the Templars, was burned at thae stake in 1314 along with his aides.

Surviving monks fled. Some were absorbed by other orders; over the centuries, various groups have claimed to have descended from the Templars.

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exit
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007, 10:46 PM
This is nothing new, nor were the papers "secret." It has long been known that the king forced the issue, and that the pope was little more than his puppet. But how does this change the fact that since the destruction of the Order of the Temple Christianity was no longer a living tradition, since it was severed from the esoteric principle which made it lawful? The answer: it changes nothing. This isn't an issue which can be resolved through an apology. It is what it is. Selling the document in a book for such an outlandish price is just another sign of how corrupt the church has become.

Boche
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007, 10:58 PM
So it took them hundred of years to publish them. I hope other countries don't take this as example. I'm still waiting for englands promise to release the archives of the Rudolf Hess Issue.
But they won't dare because it would just prove that Peace wasn't wanted during WW2 by England, but by Germany.




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Boche

Herkus
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008, 08:50 AM
"So it took them hundred of years to publish them. I hope other countries don't take this as example. I'm still waiting for englands promise to release the archives of the Rudolf Hess Issue.
But they won't dare because it would just prove that Peace wasn't wanted during WW2 by England, but by Germany."

I myself am wondering when the mystery of gemeral Sikorski`s death can be solved entirely...