This would not have been plausible in a Dan Brown novel. I would be the first one to ridicule such a “coincidence” as a plot embellishment. And yet we have it. On 3/13/13 the time changes to 20:13 exactly at the moment when the cardinal finishes the phrase: Qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum, i.e. the exact point in time when the Habeus Papam proclamation is complete and goes on record. Do they employ evil numerologists at the Vatican? The date is a palindrome, by the way. Thanks to 13thEnumeration!
Here is some conspiracy fodder for the willing. The phrase Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam, (To the greater glory of God) the famous Jesuit motto, was used in the “Larmenius Charter” , the document which supposedly demonstrates the connection between the Knights Templar and Masonic bodies of modern times. And it just so happens that the newly elected pope is a Jesuit, first one ever! 🙂
In my opinion, conspiracy theories are a form of art. They can be beautiful without being true to reality. If you just for a second consider that Pope Benedict could have been blackmailed into resigning, it makes sense that it did not take too long for the next Pope to be proclaimed. You just don’t take someone out of the office unless you have a suitable replacement in mind. This neat little connection brings together the Jesuits, the Masons and the Knights Templar!
Just to be clear, I don’t really believe in this 🙂
The Latin text here is taken from the OSMTH page. I have checked it against Acta Latomorum where it first appears in printed form. As a result a few transcription errors have been fixed. This charter is believed to be a forgery by those who do not subscribe to the notion that the Knights Templar somehow managed to survive as a secretive organization after being officially disbanded in the 14th century. In fact, even if the Knights Templar indeed remained hidden underground the validity of this document is questionable.
The only way I personally can judge the authenticity of this text is by its language. For instance, I am quite surprised to find the phrase “ad majorem Dei gloriam” which was, as far as I can tell, only used once (by pope Gregory the Great) before Ignatius Loyola created the Jesuits’ famous motto. And yet, the author of the charter clearly uses these words as if they were formulaic! Another interesting feature is the phrase “privilegia contuli”.This simply cannot be found in any medieval text that I have access to. This formula, however, is used routinely (usually in the plural – contulimus) in university diplomas of the much later period. Undoubtedly, the creator of the Larmenius Charter had such a diploma! Also, Larmenius calls himself hyerosolimitanus. One has to wonder regarding the last time a Knight Templar was even allowed in Jerusalem… On the whole, the language of the Charter does not appear medieval. It reads very much like restored Classical Latin from the golden age of European universities. Nonethless, a beautiful document (pictured).
Ego frater Johannes Marcus Larmenius, hyerosolimitanus, Dei gratia et secretissimo venerandi sanctissimique martyris, supremi templi militiæ magistri (cui honos et gloria) decreto, communi fratrum consilio confirmato, super universum templi ordinem, summo et supremo magisterio insignitus, singulis has decretales litteras visuris, salutem, salutem, salutem. [click to continue…]