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Trial of the century? Knights Templar heirs vs. the Pope

The heirs of the Knights Templar have launched a legal battle in Spain to force the Pope to restore the reputation of the disgraced order which was accused of heresy and dissolved seven centuries ago.

The legal move by the Spanish group comes follows the unprecedented step by the Vatican towards the rehabilitation of the group when last October it released copies of parchments recording the trials of the Knights between 1307 and 1312.

The Chinon parchment revealed that, contrary to historic belief, Clement V had declared the Templars were not heretics but disbanded the order anyway to maintain peace with their accuser, King Philip IV of France.

Knights Templar heirs in legal battle with the Pope

Ok, first of all, I am not sure that the Chinon parchment can be successfully used as a legal document that pertains to the matter. The Chinon process, as far as I can understand, primarily dealt with a group of individuals, not the Order in its entirety. The subsequent disbandment of the Order was a whole different story. On the other hand, the Chinon document demonstrates that the Vatican owes some explanation. However, the fact that this explanation is demanded by a group that claims to be heirs of the Knights Templar only complicates the situation, because the whoel question of property becomes an issue.

I am most interested, though, in finding out how precisely these Templar heirs are going to prove their lineage. It seems that it would be quite logical for them to know the whereabouts of the Templar treasure!

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