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Knights Templar and Freemasons

Reader comment on item: Knights Templar Trial Records Made Public – After Seven Centuries
in response to reader comment: A Question on the Knights Templar

Submitted by Denise (United States), Oct 18, 2007 at 04:29

The Knights Templar are one of the heros of Masonry . Freemasons have given the Knights T. a lot of time and attention. Especially in the young men's Masonic organization called the De Molay . Although Masons claim no descent from the Templars they do honor them because of Jaques DeMolay , a knights Templar leader who was burned at the stake for alleged heresy , and a dozen other imagined diffent sins. About 1310 , I think it was, the French king ( I'm not sure but I think that was "Phillip the Fair" (?) and Pope Clement arranged for the convocation of the master DeMolay and his officers to be killed. A lot had to do with the Templar's aquired wealth. All that wealth was seized and the rest of the remaining Knights who managed to escape the wrath of French royalty went temperarly out of sight .

There is controversy over this but some say those "Solders of God" or "Soldiers of the Temple" sought refuge in Scotland. Even today some insist the oldest Temple in Scottland was a place of shelter for the Knights.

It is almost a mystery, as far as I know, as to what happened with the Knights Templar between then and how many years ? I will have to read more on that--my education on the subject is quite lacking .

I do know that the Freemasons were staunch enemies of the Catholic Church . ( They still don't get along )They became very organized in the old days of England and thier gatherings were clandestine . They were rebels as far as the church was concerned because they were not willing to accept the insufferable and unfair authority of the Catholic dominion . Thus, the "Freemasons" became not just people of thier trade , but a Philanthropic order. At this point they were what the Mason's of today call "speculative" .

I may be mistaken about some of what I say, but so far this is what I've learned, mostly by my family of Freemasons .

That group who says they are the desendants of the Templars and go around doing good and charitable works is probably for real only because of thier mutual desicion to think of themselves that way, not because they are actual inheritants . (Is'nt that hard to believe ?) I see they do use the Maltese (Templar's) Cross , but they could'nt be as grand an operation as they have you believe because---well, they are'nt well known at all., or maybe I should say "not known at all ".


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