Templars as Defenders of the Church

Written by Prince Matthew, Grandmaster of the Knights of Solomon

 

 

 

 

Under the Temple Rule of 1129 AD as its founding Charter, the Order of the Temple of Solomon, as the historical institution of the original Knights Templar, continues to serve as Defenders of the Church, primarily as Guardians of the origins of Christianity (Rules 1, 2, 8), and strictly operates “according to Canon law” (Rule 9) as a “canonical institution” (Rule 274) [1].

In addition to this fundamental historical mission of the Templar Order as Guardians of the Church, the same Temple Rule of Saint Bernard which makes it Christian as an institution, also proves – and indeed requires – that it was always authentically interfaith and non-denominational for individual membership (Rules 65, 66, 279, 630) [2].

The reasons for this original policy of inclusiveness are: (1) The Ancient Solomonic heritage of the Order embodies the timeless foundations underlying all major spiritual religions, and unifying all Christian denominations; (2) To defend Christianity, it is necessary to defend all religious rights under law, which requires cooperation with all traditional religions; and (3) Additional skills and resources of “Secular Knights” always strengthened the Order to most effectively defend Christianity.

While the Order actively defends the Church, it is not itself a Church, but rather an Order of Chivalry, which always included “Secular Knights”.  Accordingly, the Templar Constitution authentically provides that all religious activities are separate from the chivalric side of the Order, and are thus optional for all Templar Brothers and Sisters.

Promoted by the authentic Templar policy of individual freedom of choice, many members choose to actively support the Christian Defense projects of the Order.

As a result, the restored Templar Order actively continues to dutifully fulfill its original historical mission of serving as Defenders of the Church.  An essential foundation of this core Templar mission is preserving Ancient Catholicism, as the keys to protecting and upholding Christianity worldwide.

Notice: Templar interfaith cooperation rejects and prohibits the modern “ecumenical” trend of “mixing” and “blending” of religions, but rather is for strategic alliances in mutual defense of religious freedom, to effectively serve as Defenders of the Church.

 

History Reveals Deeper Forces Persecuting Christians

 

Volumes of the historical record document a sober reality of the human experience, that different religions unavoidably have a shared fate, whenever any religion is faced with persecution. Of course, most religions and denominations tend to believe that they are better or more beneficial than others, or that theirs is the only or best path to salvation of souls. However, all traditional spiritual religions can certainly agree that they have the right to exist, and that if the basic human right of freedom of religion is undermined, then none of them can exist, and important world heritage of humanity would be lost for future generations.

Surely, all religions must agree that if any one of them is persecuted, then all of them are inevitably in grave danger. Especially if any dominant or majority religion can be undermined or suppressed, then certainly all other religions have no chance of survival, and are set up to fall like dominoes. Therefore, all religions must support the defense of Christianity to ensure their own survival, and true Defenders of the Church must protect the rights of all traditional spiritual religions on the path of defending Christianity.

Benjamin Franklin, after signing the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 AD, is attributed with the saying: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” [3] It means that defending liberty requires putting aside all lesser differences, to “hang together” in unity for the common cause of freedom, or else “hang separately” by the gallows at the hands of tyranny as the real mutual enemy.

Confirming that this call to unity directly applies to religious freedom against persecution, emphasizing tyranny as the real enemy of religion, Benjamin Franklin also promoted the patriotic and spiritual motto: “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” [4]

The history of persecution of Christians and other religions powerfully illustrates the need for defensive alliances, revealing that all religions are inescapably bound to need some support from the others, as natural allies in defense of religious freedoms.

Most importantly, history also reveals that the enemies of the Church are not really other religions, but rather totalitarian Empires and Socialist states, which impose persecution of Christians, and progressively seek to abolish all religions, as their fundamental policy and defining characteristic:

Roman Empire – From the beginning of classical Christianity in the 1st century, especially during 64-313 AD, Christians were persecuted for their Faith under authority of the Roman Empire [5], usually executed, and sometimes publicly thrown to the lions. Even after legalization of Christianity by the Edict of Milan and conversion of Emperor Constantine in 313 AD, Christians became persecuted for their presumed alliance with the Roman Empire, by many other religions defending themselves against persecution by the Romans [6] [7].

This persecution of Christians continued until the tolerance brought by the Persian King Khosrow I in 531 AD, whose successor King Hormizd IV explained: “Just as our Royal throne cannot stand upon its front legs without its two back ones, our Kingdom cannot stand or endure firmly if we cause the Christians and adherents of other Faiths, who differ in belief from ourselves, to become hostile to us.” [8]

Medieval Islam – During the Arab Muslim Conquests of 622-750 AD, Christians as “People of the Book” (Old and New Testament Bible) [9] were given the status of ‘Dhimmi’ (“Protected Person”), meaning non-Muslims living in an Islamic territory with guaranteed legal protections and rights, although with social and political restrictions [10] [11]. Accordingly, Christians were oppressed, but not actually persecuted. This same status was given to Jews and Sabians, and later to Zoroastrians, Hindus, Jains and Buddhists [12].

This medieval policy of relative religious tolerance generally characterized the Muslim practices, including of the 12th century Knights of Salahadin (Saladin), despite the many battles over territories and outposts. By maintaining this balance by “peace through strength”, Christianity thrived throughout Europe and the Middle East, mostly peacefully coexisting with spiritual Islam until the 16th century, making the Church strong enough to defend other religions as well.

As a result, Jewish historians have documented and concluded that: “Had it not been for the Catholic Church, the Jews would not have survived the Middle Ages in Christian Europe” [13], and that throughout all major persecutions of Judaism and other religions in Europe, the Church reliably provided intervention, protection and refuge [14].

Ottoman Empire – The Ottoman Empire (1299-1923 AD) was the primary cause and focus of most major “Crusader” battles in defense of Christianity. The First Crusade (1096-1099 AD), Second Crusade (1147-1149 AD), and Fourth Crusade (1202-1204 AD) were actually fought to defend the Byzantine Christians against early Turkish imperialism. Christian Knights fought to defend Europe against invasion by the Ottoman Empire, in Bulgaria (1345-1393 AD), Serbia (1352-1463 AD), Venice (1423-1718 AD), and throughout Eastern Europe (1593-1606 and 1683-1699 AD).

With the establishment of the imperialist Ottoman Caliphate in 1517 AD, the Ottoman Empire wholly abandoned the degree of tolerance practiced by medieval Muslims for almost 900 years. The Ottoman Empire began aggressively persecuting Christians by genocide with atrocities, which escalated to the Kurdish and Ottoman Massacres of Assyrians (1843-1847 AD), Bulgarians and Serbians (1876-1878 AD), Armenians and Assyrians (1894-1896 and 1909 AD), and the extreme Genocide of Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks by the “Young Turks” (1915-1921).

These genocides against Christians continued until the Arab Revolt (1916-1918) of moderate Muslims from Mecca condemned the “impious” Ottoman Caliphate for violating the humanitarian doctrines of spiritual Islam [15], eventually causing the Empire to finally collapse in 1922, and its imperial Caliphate was abolished in 1924 [16].

French Socialist State – From 1789-1799 AD, the French Revolution imposed “Enlightenment” themed Atheism, under the banner of Socialist propaganda of supposed “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”. It aggressively persecuted Christians by a policy of “De-Christianisation”, which included “de-establishment” of the Catholic Church in France, deportation and execution of many Clergy, the destruction of Churches and religious monuments to abolish Christian culture, and outlawing public and private worship and religious education [17] [18] [19].

Soviet Socialist State – From 1922-1991 AD, the Russian Bolshevik Revolution essentially banned and officially sought to destroy all religions [20] [21] [22], and imposed state-sanctioned Atheism [23] [24], in the name of the same Socialist propaganda from the French Revolution [25]. The Soviet Socialist Communist government aggressively persecuted Christians [26], destroying Churches, Mosques and Buddhist Temples [27].

Nazi Socialist State – From 1933-1945 AD, the Nazi National Socialist government in Germany pursued measures intended to abolish all religions, and thus persecuted not only Jews, but also the Roman Catholic Church [28] [29] [30], and eventually even German Protestant Churches [31] [32].

Chinese Socialist State – Since 1949, the Chinese Socialist Communist government of China imposed official Atheism, outlawed foreign ecclesiastical support of Churches, and permitted Christianity only under strict state control within the Chinese Patriotic Protestant church and Chinese Patriotic Catholic church, with Bishops appointed by the state. Even these state churches were banned during the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976, with believers imprisoned and tortured, Churches and homes raided and religious items seized, and Bibles destroyed. The state churches were reinstated in 1979, but persecution continued, thousands of Christians were imprisoned from 1983-1993, and all “unregistered meetings” were banned since 1992. [33]

Ottoman Caliphate Revival – In the modern era, the most aggressive and openly genocidal persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria, with terrorist attacks against both Christians and moderate Muslims in the Middle East and throughout Western Europe, is the self-styled “Islamic State”. The so-called “Islamic State” is based on Saudi Wahhabi radical Islam [34], although condemned by Saudi religious authorities as an “Enemy of Islam” [35]. It began in 1999 as a branch of the terrorist group Al Qaeda, which actually rejected it as too radical [36]. Its founders were ethnic “Turkmen” who are descendants of the Ottomans [37]. In 2014 it proclaimed itself a “restoration of the Caliphate” of the Ottoman Empire, claiming totalitarian authority over all moderate Muslims worldwide [38].

The “Islamic State” Ottoman revival was primarily supported by the government of Turkey, actively facilitating its arming and funding, and providing operational and medical support by keeping the Syrian-Turkish border open [39] [40] [41] [42]. Turkey since 1952 is a member of NATO, which is dominated by Globalist governments [43] promoting Socialist policies [44] [45], and the Turkish government has demonstrated ambitions of restoring its Ottoman Empire [46] [47] [48].

The same way the Arab Revolt (1916) of moderate Muslims rose up against the Ottoman Caliphate, mainstream Muslims strongly condemned and opposed the “Islamic State”, rejecting its false and tyrannical Caliphate [49], and calling it the derogatory Arabic name “Daesh” meaning both “trampling others” and “sowing discord” [50]. Iraq invited and cooperated with Iran, and Syria invited and cooperated with Christian Russia, both declaring military victory over Daesh by the beginning of 2018 [51] [52], reducing it to a covert terrorist network mostly threatening Europe.

These facts, in the context of this overview of history, confirm that the enemies of the Church are not really any other religion, but actually the deeper forces underlying totalitarian Empires and Socialist states. They also confirm that the best way to overcome such forces is by strategic alliances with other religions, as natural allies in defense of religious freedoms as human rights.

History’s Lessons Learned – The dangers of failing to defend other religions, allowing the progressive expansion of persecution eventually targeting one’s own religion, is most compellingly expressed by the famous poem “First They Came…”, as distilled from speeches of the Nazi-era German Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemöller:

“First they came for the [Soviet] Communists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the [disabled] Incurables, and I did not speak out, because I was not an Incurable. Then they came for the Jews, only then did the Church take note, but I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak out, because I am Protestant. And then they came for me – because there was no one left to speak out for me.” [53]

The harsh lessons of history are abundantly clear: For the restored Templar Order to effectively serve as Defenders of Christianity, modern Templars must also defend universal human rights of religious freedom, authentically serving as “Defenders of All Faith”, protecting the principle of Faith itself for all of humanity.

 

Understanding the Real “Enemies of Christ”

 

Defining the Templar concept of the “Enemies of Christ” is essential to understanding the true role of the Order as Defenders of the Church. Indeed, a defender is defined by one’s enemies. The Temple Rule of 1129 AD provides a revealing insight into the authentic Templar understanding of the identity of their real enemies:

The Temple Rule defines the purpose of Templar warfare as being to “remove from the land the enemies of Jesus Christ” (Rule 14), and to “defend the land from [the] enemies of the Son of the Virgin Mary” (Rule 56) [54].

Muslims believe in Jesus (‘Issa’) as a major Prophet of God who performed miracles, believe in his Ascension into heaven, in the Virgin Mary (‘Maryam’) and the Annunciation of the virgin birth, and even believe in the Second Coming of Jesus as the Messiah (‘Al-Masih’), all featured prominently in the Holy Quran. Therefore, just as Muslims gave Christians protected status as “People of the Book” (of Jesus), by definition, Muslims as a religion cannot possibly be considered the “Enemies of Christ”.

The Temple Rule further defines “enemies”, warning Templars to be diligent so that “the shadowy enemies would not lead them astray unto wickedness” (Rule 37), and commands them to “Remove the wicked from among you” (Rule 46), to avoid “the ancient wickedness of the Devil” (Rule 48) [55].

These references to “shadowy enemies”, who are characterized by the “wickedness of the Devil”, essentially describe Secret Societies involved with doing evil works of Satan.

Most logically, the “Enemies of Christ” are best defined by Jesus himself, and by his Apostles, declaring what he opposes: Jesus taught to pray to “deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13), and he declared “condemnation, that… men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth [hates] the light” (John 3:19-20); “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth [hates], because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” (John 7:7) His Apostles taught: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness… For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” (Ephesians 5:11-12) [56]

These references to “condemnation” of “evil works” done “in darkness” and “in secret”, by those who “hate” Jesus, also describe the Enemies of Christ as Secret Societies involved with doing evil works of Satan, confirming the Templar definition.

Therefore, the Templar definition of the “Enemies of Christ” is actually evil-doers in general, and Secret Societies of Satanists specifically, including even those who may pretend to be Christians.

As the “Enemies of Christ” doing evil works of Satan are most directly opposed to human rights, modern Templars also call them the “Enemies of Humanity”.

The historical record conclusively proves that the Templars are Defenders of the Church primarily by fighting for good against evil, regardless of which other religions may or may not be involved.

Indeed, Satanic evil-doers are essentially the enemies of God, and the enemies of all Faith, necessarily opposed to the principle of religion itself, and thus can also be called the “Enemies of Faith”. Accordingly, the Knights Templar always fully understood that the “Enemies of Christ” were generally the same as the enemies of Islam.

False Christian-Muslim Conflicts for Control – The Templar historian Emile Leon Gautier (1832-1897 AD), an archivist of the Imperial Archives and Chief of the historical section of the National Archives of France, proved that the actual causes of the Crusader wars of the Middle Ages were not alleged religious differences, but rather manipulations and provocations by Imperialist States, to artificially manufacture Christian-Muslim conflicts, as a “divide and conquer” strategy:

Gautier documented how in the Middle Ages, the first concept of supposed “Terrorism” was used to deceive the people into surrendering their basic civil rights and human rights: Propaganda about the “waves of Saracen [Muslim] invasion alarmed the people… and barbarism threatened to descend… upon the astonished world. It was then… that the weak entertained the very natural idea of seeking the protection of the strong.”

The end goal of this evil agenda was to impose the oppression of “Feudalism, so disastrous to the Church and to the Good”, to consolidate power by the same elitist political clans who deceptively created the crisis. [57] For this reason, the Code of Chivalry required the Templars to “perform thy Feudal duties, [only] if they be not contrary to the laws of God” (Commandment VII). Gautier established that “The Code of Chivalry tempered this rudeness” of Feudalism, which the Knights Templar thus actually opposed as the Enemies of Humanity [58].

Satanic Foundations of Globalist Evil Agenda – Gautier traced the source of this evil agenda to a medieval political clan of Satanists, as a self-styled “race of traitors” from Bavaria and in France, who historically worked to oppose the 11th century Code of Chivalry, and created “a Satanic Counter Code… ‘Thou shalt uphold evil and abase [attack] the good… dishonor the Church… [and] lie without shame…” [59]

This same Satanic agenda appeared in a “15th century Rothschild journal”, verified by British Museum scholars, as a letter from a Bavarian Secret Society to Feudal lords in France in 1489 AD, declaring a Globalist policy of anti-humanitarian destruction by deception: “Make your sons doctors… that they may take away [people’s] lives… Arrange that your sons… always mix themselves up with the affairs of State, in order that by putting [the people] under your yoke [control] you may dominate the world… [and] reach the actuality of power”. [60]

An original full text of this Satanic agenda, the most complete and detailed version called the “Protocols of the Illuminati”, came from a transcript of a private speech by Mayer Amschel Rothschild to a Secret Society of oligarchs in 1773 AD [61]. The Vatican documented that the Bavarian government outlawing the Illuminati in 1785 AD had caused its expansion in France [62]. This was quickly followed by the Socialist French Revolution in 1789 AD.

The authenticated text of the Bavarian “Protocols of the Illuminati” was translated from French, from one edition printed in Paris in 1897 AD [63], and another edition “stolen from… a secret meeting of the initiated in France” in 1901 [64] [65], and the verified translation was preserved in the British Museum since 1906. This Satanic manifesto, published in English in 1922, is most revealing of the true Enemies of Humanity [66]:

Protocol 1.23 – Declares Satanic “evil” by deception as a policy: “This evil is the one and only means to attain the end… Therefore, we must not stop at bribery, deceit and treachery when they should serve towards the attainment of our end.”

Protocol 22.3 – Admits Satanic “evil” for tyrannical control, and confirms “all that evil which for so many centuries we have had to commit… [for] the bringing of everything into order”.

Protocol 4.1 – Confirms working through Secret Societies, to impose “despotism [tyranny]… unseen and secretly hidden… [through] some secret organization or other… behind a screen… [as] the secret force”.

Protocol 4.3 – Declares an agenda to destroy all Faith and Religion: “It is indispensable for us to undermine all faith, to tear out of the mind of the People the very principle of God and the spirit, and to put in its place… material needs.”

Protocol 3.7 – Confirms using Socialist propaganda to justify Globalist genocide of humanity: “We always give support in accordance with an alleged Brotherly Rule [Socialism]… We are interested in just the opposite… the killing out of the People.”

Protocol 1.25 – Confirms using Socialist propaganda “to cry among the masses of the people the words ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’… [which] carried away… true freedom of the individual”. (Note that those three key words were the mantra of the French Revolution.)

Protocol 1.26 – Confirms imposing Globalist rule using Socialist propaganda of “the words ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’… [for] putting an end everywhere to peace, quiet, solidarity and destroying all the foundations of the People’s States.”

Protocol 14 – Declares a new Globalist form of Feudalism (Neo-Feudalism) as “Serfdom… forcibly brought about by centuries of agitation” leading to “a state of serfdom”.

Protocol 23.4 – Declares a Globalist agenda of world domination, that by destroying civilization the secret society will “erect on the ruins the throne of the King of the Illuminati.”

Protocol 10.18 – Confirms a Globalist agenda to destroy all Religion, by imposing “one King over all the earth who will… annihilate… frontiers, nationalities, religions”.

Protocol 17.2 – Admits a historical agenda to destroy all Religion, mostly by propaganda: “We have long past taken care to discredit the priesthood… [as] a great hindrance to us.” Declares “the complete wrecking of that Christian religion: as to other religions we shall have still less difficulty in dealing with them”.

This agenda features a core Satanist Globalist method of masquerading as “Socialists”, using Pseudo-Socialist propaganda for deception, to justify evil against humanity. This is their traditional and persistent method, to promote evil in the name of “good”, falsely claiming “good” by superficial propaganda words alone, to hide the most evil intentions, while vilifying and persecuting those who would resist evil. It is precisely this Satanic inversion tactic that the Bible warns us about: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20)

The New Enemy: Same as the Old Enemy – The historical evil agenda is to destroy All Faith and all religions, through domestic destabilization, fueled by financial crises, combined with illegal foreign wars draining national resources, driven by artificially manufactured false Christian-Muslim conflicts. This is an obvious “divide and conquer” tactic, for elitist rule by tyrannical oppression against all of humanity.

This is precisely the same method being used again in the 21st century, by successors and adherents of exactly the same Satanist political clans, attempting to establish an Empire of Globalist governance over humanity, through Socialist propaganda to justify imposing state-mandated Atheism to abolish all religion, under a new modern form of Neo-Feudalism.

The original Knights Templar were not fooled by this evil agenda during the Middle Ages, continually discovering religious common ground and mutual friendship with their Muslim counterparts, even between battles [67] [68] [69]. Continuing in their true heritage and living by their authentic principles, the restored Templar Order also will not be fooled by this same historical evil agenda in the modern era.

Therefore, if there is any true “Crusade” (or any spiritual “Jihad”) in the modern world, it can only be one of Christians together with Muslims (and others), resolutely united against the evil agenda of those Satanist Globalist Pseudo-Socialist political clans who are the original and perpetual Enemies of Humanity and the Enemies of Faith.

 

Defender Role Far Beyond “Protection of Pilgrims”

 

Having identified the real “Enemies of Christ” against whom the Templars are Defenders of the Church, we can now turn to defining the authentic Templar methods of defending Christianity. The legendary Templar role as Defenders of the Church is commonly associated with the superficial narrative of “protecting pilgrims” visiting Holy sites of Christianity, as popularized by mainstream modern history books on the Knights Templar. The true role of the Order as Defenders is much greater, and of much wider scope of worldwide significance.

The historical record proves that “protecting pilgrims” was mostly symbolic, as a preliminary and sideline activity, which most medieval Templars actually never engaged in:

The service of protecting pilgrims was mostly the means to obtain from King Baldwin II access to the Temple of Solomon, and Royal Patronage to establish the Templar Order. Historians emphasize that “The offer was irresistible to the King and the Patriarch” of Jerusalem [70]. The medieval chronicler Michael the Syrian reported that the Templars had planned to be mostly monastic, but King Baldwin “persuaded” them to “police his kingdom”, and provided them with living quarters and financial income during their excavation of the Temple of Solomon. [71]

The Temple Rule, in a later amendment (ca. 1150 AD) evidences that a small force of only 10 Templars were actually assigned to protecting pilgrims: “The Commander of the City of Jerusalem should have ten knight brothers under his command to lead and guard the pilgrims who come” (Rule 121) [72].

The Vatican recognized a much greater spiritual role of the Order, as non-military Defenders of the Faith worldwide: “Their original aim was to protect pilgrims… as they traveled… to visit Holy Places… However, the religious [monastic] vocation maintained its superior status over the call to arms. Saint Bernard states that it is permissible for these Milites Christi to ‘strike with the sword… provided that they have not embraced a higher calling’”. [73] [74]

Scholars note that the Papal Bull Omne Datum Optimum of 1139 AD established “formal recognition of the Order’s much wider role as Defenders of Christendom than the restricted [limited] function which [it] originally undertook”, although “they did not cease to act as the protectors of pilgrims” [75].

Historians confirm that the primary role of the Templars, as non-military Defenders of the Church, was actually exercising Diplomatic status of the Order for strategic geopolitics: “Their sphere of operation expanded during the next century… they became high level diplomats serving kings and nobles” [76]. Vatican records witnessed that the Templar Order exercised its own inherent statehood as a non-territorial Principality, “possessing power equal to that of the leading temporal sovereigns” [77], with full Diplomatic status including “the right of concluding treaties” [78].

These facts prove that the temporary mission of “protecting pilgrims” was actually a part-time “day job” for the Knights Templar, as the service most in demand to attract the support of Kings and Church, to earn income for the Order to conduct its real underlying missions of recovering the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon and restoring the pillars of civilization.

Indeed, there are many ways to provide security, far beyond the limited aspect of physical security. As one notable example, the Templars invented branch banking, such that pilgrims and travellers were “able to deposit money at a Templar monastery bank in a European city, then redeem these medieval travelers’ checks upon arrival in the Holy Land” [79].

There are many other modern types of strategic security, including Legal Security, Economic Security, Operational Security (“Op-Sec”) and Information Security (“Info-Sec”), which the Templar Order may provide to governments and the private sector. Many lawyers, security professionals, national security and military veterans join the Templar Order and support such projects.

 

Military Function Replaced by Geopolitical Chessboard

 

The medieval Knights Templar only provided a military function by invitation and authorization of the King of a host country or Prince of a principality. In the modern era, the use of organized armed force remains the exclusive lawful domain of territorial states. The independent deployment of any armed military or law enforcement service by an Order of Chivalry would seriously violate international law, by violating the sovereignty of any host country. Raising any armed force in that way could only be at best “mercenaries”, and at worst “terrorists”.

For that compelling reason, the Templar Ministry of Security Act of 2014 mandates that: “The Order shall not raise any standing armies, nor maintain a body of armed personnel for the purpose of any tactical operations nor engagement in any conventional warfare.” (Article 3.1) However, the Act establishes other functions of support and cooperation with national military and law enforcement agencies, which justify the Order having a Ministry of Security with uniformed ranking officers (Article 3.5).

Continuing its primary original function of exercising Diplomatic status for geopolitical missions, the modern Templar Order has been fully and legally restored as a non-territorial Principality and “sovereign subject of international law” with statehood [80] [81], thereby inherently possessing full Diplomatic status for official international relations [82] [83].

Conducting official Diplomatic relations does not mean merely being “diplomatic”, in the superficial sense of supposed politeness and compromise. The widespread understanding of this reality is confirmed by the anonymous gem of folk wisdom, which became popularized as the satirical definition of a Diplomat: “A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell, in such a way, that you actually look forward to the trip.” [84]

The term “Diplomacy”, first used in 1796 AD, is defined as “managing international relations” through “representatives abroad” [85]. Thus, real Diplomatic work means actively representing, asserting and defending the rights and interests of a State in international affairs. Authentically, the primary interests of the State should be to protect the rights of its people, especially universal human rights.

The exercise of Diplomatic status is actually the active practice of Geopolitics. The term “Geopolitics”, first used in 1904, is defined as the strategic combination of politics with geography, as applied to the foreign policy of States affecting international relations in world affairs [86]. Thus, Diplomacy necessarily involves dealing with military strategies and military alliances affecting the balance of powers among States, in defense of lawful rights and humanitarian interests.

Accordingly, the Templar Order has not abdicated its role in military defense projects for upholding the Rule of Law and human rights in world affairs. Indeed, by conducting Diplomatic relations, the Order can assert a significant role in influencing military strategies and resulting world events, through alliances with other States and inter-governmental organizations (IGO’s).

While the principles and missions of the Templar Order are very publicly declared and transparently proven, current details of its Diplomatic relations and alliances with other States and IGO institutions is generally classified under the Templar State Secrets Act of 2011, (Article 2), and typically also classified by the cooperating governments. (This is only temporary confidentiality for operational security, and the Order may reveal its accomplishments at a later time, after certain strategic events are completed.)

Apart from conventional warfare, there are many other types of modern warfare, especially Information Warfare (“Info-War”) of fighting by truth, and Legal Warfare (“Law-fare”) of fighting by international law, which the Templar Order may provide to governments and the private sector. These are mostly applied to the larger sphere of geopolitical International Security, through diplomatic alliances. Many scholars, lawyers, career diplomats, national security and military veterans join the Templar Order and support such projects.

 

Templar Guardianship of the Ancient Catholic Church

 

Official Heraldic Seal of the Ancient Catholic Church, continuation of the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon of the Knights Templar of 1118 AD

Most essential to the survival and defense of Christianity (and any other religion), is the preservation of its original foundations which embody its authentic spiritual teachings. This body of knowledge serves as the greatest “weapon” to defend the integrity of the Church, and to protect and uphold the Faith for all Christians. The modern Templar Order has recovered and restored the same substance of the foundations of Christianity during the 21st century, which the medieval Order had recovered and restored in the 12th century. As a result, the Templar Order continues its original role as Guardians of the Church and Defenders of the Faith, primarily through its restoration and protection of the Ancient Catholic Church.

The Order of the Temple of Solomon was first established in 1118 AD, specifically as a mission for the Cistercian Order of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux [87] to recover the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon, which the first Templar Knights restored by excavating the historical Temple of Solomon [88] [89] for a nine year period [90]. That Ancient Priesthood, which the founding Templars recovered and restored from the historical Temple of Solomon, thus became known as the “Templar Priesthood”.

The Temple Rule of 1129 AD from Saint Bernard, as a Papal Decree ratified by the Vatican Council of Troyes, recognized the Templar Order as being founded within its own “Religion” [91], and recognized the Templar Priesthood as being its own original denomination of Ancient Catholicism: It describes the Templars as “Disciples” under the Grand Master as a Pontiff (Rule 7), uses an obscure Old Latin phrase as subtle mention of the “Patriarchate of the Temple of Solomon” indicating its own Pontifical authority (Rule 8), and declares the Grand Mastery to be exercising its own ecclesiastical authority (Rule 62) [92].

The Papal Bull Omne Datum Optimum of 1139 AD was issued by Pope Innocent II, who rose to the Papacy despite adversity, supported by Saint Bernard [93], who had supported the original founding Templar mission to recover the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon [94]. This fact evidences, and the Papal Bull itself explicitly confirms, that the Vatican grant of statehood was specifically based upon the Order’s own inherent ecclesiastical sovereignty from the Templar Priesthood, and thus the recognition of the unique denomination of Ancient Catholicism was intentional:

This Papal grant highlights “the religious life… established in your house [Temple]… [by] divine grace… inviolably”, meaning that the Ancient Priesthood came from the Temple of Solomon, with inherent sovereignty as an original denomination of early Christianity. It emphasizes that “the house [Temple]… [is] the source and origin of your Holy institution and religious Order, so it shall be… forever the head and ruler” of its domain, meaning that because the Temple is the source of the Ancient Priesthood, precisely for that reason, it holds sovereignty. It mandates that “the customs [laws] instituted… by the [Grand] Master… of your religion… may not be infringed nor diminished by any ecclesiastical or secular person”, thus specifically meaning ecclesiastical sovereignty as a Pontifical denomination. [95]

The Templar denomination of Ancient Catholicism is the foundation of the 12th century Independent Church Movement created by Pope Eugene III, as part of the Templar missions of Saint Bernard de Clairvaux [96] [97] who had sponsored the founding Templar mission to recover the Ancient Priesthood of Solomon [98]. Such Independent Bishops created the 19th century Old Catholic Movement, declaring “Adherence to the Ancient Catholic faith… of the Ancient Church” [99], based upon the “historical primacy… of the Ancient Church” and “Ancient Catholic doctrine” [100], and created the related 19th century Reformed Catholic Movement [101]. This developed into the early 20th century Liberal Catholic Movement, as a revival of the Ancient Priesthood as preserved by the Templars, which became the most widely recognized tradition within Old Catholicism [102].

Ancient Catholicism is abundantly recognized by the Vatican, by five Papal Bulls, plus three Papal Decrees, and multiple provisions of Roman Canon law, such that its legitimacy, validity and inherent ecclesiastical sovereignty are indisputable. It is recognized directly as the Templar Priesthood [103] [104] [105], and additionally recognized as the origins and substance of the Old Catholic Movement [106] [107] [108].

 

Modern Accomplishments as Guardians of the Church

 

In the modern era, the persecution of Christians continues by armed terrorist attacks against Churches and communities, actively sponsored and enabled by Globalist politicians. The root cause of such violent persecution is not a military invasion, but rather a “cultural invasion”, driven by propaganda, and enforced by the Socialist censorship of “political correctness”. Mainstream mass media intensively saturates all “news” coverage, television shows and movies with superficial misconceptions of religion, designed to ridicule Christianity, and to make people doubt and even abandon their Faith.

This relentless onslaught of propaganda discourages and intimidates many Christians not to stand up for religious freedom. That enables corrupt Globalist politicians to implement Pseudo-Socialist policies systematically dismantling religious rights, removing core legal protections such as freedom of speech. This progressively paves the way for aggressive legalistic persecution, while making Christians more vulnerable to violent attacks.

The same propaganda and resulting political pressures also weaken the Clergy, undermining and corrupting ecclesiastical education, such that most Churches can hardly represent genuine Christianity. This, in turn, makes Churches vulnerable to infiltration and corruption, and even subversive hostile takeovers, by Satanist secret societies.

The Templar Order aggressively defends against these modern threats, by actively restoring the foundations of Christianity to strengthen Churches and uphold the Faith, and by asserting religious rights in Diplomatic relations representing the Faith.

Restoring Classical Christianity – The Ancient Catholic Church of the founding Knights Templar is a strategic institution of Christian world heritage, which provides Churches of all denominations with an infusion of ancient knowledge and classical traditions, as the timeless foundations to rediscover an unshakable Faith.

During a three-year period from 2013-2015, the modern Templar Order restored the 12th century Ancient Catholic Church of 1st century Christianity:  The Order successfully recovered the direct foundations of original Christianity, as the Ancient Priesthood of the Biblical Magi, Melchizedek and Solomon, continued through Pharaonic Egypt and the Essenes, as taught by Jesus the Nazarene Essene in the 1st century, which became the “Templar Priesthood” of the 12th century.

From this, the Templar Order substantially restored the original 1st century denomination of Ancient Catholicism, preserved by the 12th century Knights Templar, as the source of the 12th century Independent Church Movement and 19th century Old Catholic Movement, complete with its inherent Pontifical authority and multiple direct lines of Apostolic Succession.

As a result of this landmark restoration: The Ancient Catholic Pontiff holds a constitutional seat on the Templar Grand Mastery as Grand Canon, to guide the Order on all canonical and ecclesiastical matters; The Templar Grand Master holds a constitutional seat on the Curia of the Church as Coadjutor Pontiff, to ensure the closest support and protection of the Church.

Restoring Canon Law Defenses – Contrary to modern propaganda, Canon law is not only Catholic, and is not for imposing any dogmatic beliefs or practices. Rather, it was developed by the Apostles of Jesus ca. 50 AD (Acts 15; Galatians 2), and became the historical foundation of all modern legal systems in Western civilization [109] [110]. Canon law embodies the Apostolic traditions which secure the integrity of Churches, and ensure the authenticity of original Christianity. It is the foundational rules for protecting Churches of all denominations, as the time-tested solutions for defense of the Faith, to easily and effectively prevent and resist infiltration, corruption and subversion of the Church.

During another three-year period from 2016-2018, the Templar Order restored a working system of Canon law, for practical application by Churches of all Christian denominations. The Grand Master Prince Matthew produced the “Handbook of Canon Law”, a landmark work making Canon law accessible for both the Faithful and Clergy of the Independent Church Movement and Old Catholic Movement. This revival of Canon law is a strategic resource to preserve the doctrinal authenticity and institutional integrity of Churches worldwide, in defense against the formidable challenges of the modern era.

Reestablishing Diplomatic Status – A Church can only exercise Diplomatic status if it possesses sovereign Pontifical authority. A joint Anglican-Vatican commission determined that Pontifical authority can only be held by a Church which is a historical institution, having juridical and doctrinal continuity of its own unique heritage and traditions, which uniquely embodies and represents a distinct primary denomination of Christianity, and which unifies diverse Churches from related secondary denominations [111] [112].

During the three-year period from 2016-2018, the Templar Order legally restored the original Pontificate of the Ancient Catholic Church under the Code of Canon Law, and thus reestablished it as a “public juridical subject of canon law” (Canon 113, §2; Canon 116, §§1-2), with independent Pontifical authority for its own denomination (Canon 215), and its own “power of jurisdiction” (Canon 129, §1) [113]. The Church was thereby reestablished as a “sovereign subject of international law” with non-territorial statehood [114] [115], inherently possessing full Diplomatic status for official international relations [116] [117].

Restoring the Heritage of Christianity – After these major strategic accomplishments as Guardians of the Church, the Templar Order continues active ongoing restoration of the essential heritage of Christianity: Working with University history faculties and career Clergy from classical Churches, the Order develops translations from Latin, and develops new presentations of ancient Christian liturgies, from European libraries of Templar archives. These core foundational materials, which embody the original Apostolic practice of the Faith as taught by Jesus, are the essential pillars upholding the traditions and values of Christianity in Western civilization. This work restoring and promoting Christian culture strongly and directly supports the active Diplomatic relations asserting religious freedom as human rights.

 

Opportunities for Classical Church or Biblical Magi Experience

 

As a result of restoration of the Ancient Catholic Church by the Templar Order, those seeking to experience the original Christianity of the founding Knights Templar in the 12th century have a unique and historic opportunity, for the first time in over 700 years.

Members of the modern Templar Order can experience the authentic Templar Priesthood in one or both of two different ways, as alternative voluntary options. Because of the many millennia of history and heritage involved, the denomination of Ancient Catholicism is bifurcated into two separate and autonomous institutions:

(1) The Ancient Catholic Church, continuing the Priesthood of the Biblical Solomon, for the canonical 1st – 12th century classical Church experience; and

(2) The Magi Priesthood of Melchizedek, continuing the Priesthood of the Biblical Magi, to experience the most ancient universal sacred doctrines of Holy Communion since the beginning of recorded history.

Both the classical and ancient aspects of the Ancient Catholic Church are supported by the protection of the Templar Order as Guardians of the Church and Defenders of the Faith.

 

 Ongoing Restoration Project – The Ancient Catholic Church is an ongoing restoration project, as a continuing mission of the Templar Order. It has been successfully restored to official legitimacy with active Diplomatic relations. However, it is not yet ready to service a general membership, and is currently accepting only career Clergy with classical Church experience.

 Order & Church are Separate – The Order of the Temple of Solomon historically carries and protects the Ancient Catholic Church, which is separate and independent.  The Templar Order has its own Chivalric Constitution and Grand Mastery, and is interfaith and non-denominational with its own Mystical spirituality, while separately supporting Ancient Catholicism.  Templars are not required to participate in the Church.  The Church has its own Ecclesiastical Charter and Pontificate, and its Faithful and Clergy are not obligated to join the Templar Order.

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Academic Source References for this Topic

 

Full Public Evidence Proving All Facts – All facts in these materials are abundantly proven publicly, directly from primary sources of the historical record and authoritative scholarship, presented as verifiable academic source references, in hundreds of numbered footnotes, consisting of conclusive evidence provided for the world to see.

Color Coded Quotes Indicating Sources – Quotes directly from verifiable sources are color coded, for convenience of visual reference, as follows:  Brown quotes indicate historical sources; Blue quotes indicate scholarly sources; Purple quotes indicate Canon law sources; Red quotes indicate Royal sources.

 

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[54] Henri de Curzon, La Règle du Temple, La Société de L’Histoire de France, Paris (1886), in Librairie Renouard, Rules 14, 56.

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[71] Piers Paul Read, The Templars (1999), Phoenix Press, London (2001), pp.91-92.

[72] Henri de Curzon, La Règle du Temple, La Société de L’Histoire de France, Paris (1886), in Librairie Renouard, Rule 121.

[73] Judith M. Upton-Ward, The Rule of the Templars, Woodbridge, The Boydell Press (1992); Dissertation for Master of Philosophy at Reading University; Including Hierarchical Rules, pp.1-2.

[74] Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, Liber ad Milites Templi de Laude Novae Militiae, Documented in: J. Leclercq (Editor), Sancti Bernardi Opera, Rome (1963), Volume 3, Section 5, pp.217-218; English translation in: C. Greenia, Cistercian Fathers Series, Michigan (1977), No.19.

[75] Judith M. Upton-Ward, The Rule of the Templars, Woodbridge, The Boydell Press (1992); Dissertation for Master of Philosophy at Reading University; Including Hierarchical Rules, p.6.

[76] Frank Sanello, The Knights Templars: God’s Warriors, the Devil’s Bankers, Taylor Trade Publishing, Oxford (2005), p.38.

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[78] The Vatican, The Catholic Encyclopedia (1911), The Encyclopedia Press, New York (1913), Volume 8, “Jerusalem”, p.363.

[79] Frank Sanello, The Knights Templars: God’s Warriors, the Devil’s Bankers, Taylor Trade Publishing, Oxford (2003), p.79.

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[81] United Nations, Convention on the Law of Treaties, Registry Vol. 1155, No.18232, Vienna (1969), Article 3.

[82] United Nations, Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Preamble; UN Convention on Consular Relations, Preamble; UN Immunities of States, Preamble: ¶5: All recognizing the “status of diplomatic agents” from all forms of nation states “since ancient times”, including historical sovereign entities of “differing constitutional and social systems”.

[83] United Nations, Convention on the Law of Treaties, Articles 3, 38: Status as a sovereign “subject of international law” is binding upon all countries regardless of recognition; UN Convention on Consular Relations, Article 47.1; UN Economic Rights of States, Preamble: ¶3, ¶7, Article 4: Countries “shall not discriminate” against a historical form of nation state.

[84] Anonymous, Quote: “Definition of a Diplomat…”, First known reference: Saint Louis Star-Times, Missouri (27 November 1937), p.10, Column 1; Later popularized by: Caskie Stinnett, Out of the Red, Random House, New York (1960), p.43; Confirmed by: Bergen Evans (Editor), Dictionary of Quotations, Delacorte Press, New York (1968), “Diplomacy”, p.171.

[85] Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press (2018), “Diplomacy”.

[86] Merriam Webster Dictionary, Springfield Massachusetts (2018), “Geopolitics”.

[87] Michael Lamy, Les Templiers: Ces Grand Seigneurs aux Blancs Manteaux, Auberon (1994), Bordeaux (1997), p.28.

[88] Keith Laidler, The Head of God: The Lost Treasure of the Templars, 1st Edition, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London (1998), p.177.

[89] Piers Paul Read, The Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades, 1st Edition, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London (1999), Phoenix Press, London (2001), Orion Publishing Group, London (2012), p.305.

[90] Malcolm Barber & Keith Bate, The Templars: Selected Sources, Manchester University Press (2002), p.2.

[91] Henri de Curzon, La Règle du Temple, La Société de L’Histoire de France, Paris (1886), in Librairie Renouard: “Holy Communion”, “this Religion” (Rule 2); “the Religion of knighthood” (Rule 14); “type of new Religion”, “Religion of Knights”, “Religion by armed knighthood” (Rule 57), “in every Religion” as including the Templar Order (Rule 71).

[92] Henri de Curzon, La Règle du Temple, La Société de L’Histoire de France, Paris (1886), in Librairie Renouard: “Disciples” of the Grand Master as a Pontiff (Rule 7); “Patriarchate of the Temple of Solomon” in subtle Old Latin phrase (Rule 8); “divine service… dressed with the crown” as ecclesiastical sovereignty (Rule 9); Grand Mastery exercising independent ecclesiastical authority (Rule 62); “servants of the Church” under Grand Master as a Pontiff (Rule 64).

[93] Malcolm Barber & Keith Bate, The Templars: Selected Sources, Manchester University Press (2002), p.8.

[94] Michael Lamy, Les Templiers: Ces Grand Seigneurs aux Blancs Manteaux, Auberon (1994), Bordeaux (1997), p.28.

[95] Pope Innocent II, Omne Datum Optimum (29 March 1139), translated in: Malcolm Barber & Keith Bate, The Templars: Selected Sources, Manchester University Press (2002), pp.59-64.

[96] Michael Horn, Studien zur Geschichte Papst Eugens III (1145-1153), Peter Lang Verlag (1992), pp.36-40, pp.42-45.

[97] Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, On Consideration, Letter to Pope Eugene III, Translated in: George Lewis, Saint Bernard: On Consideration, Oxford Library of Translations, Clarendon Press, Oxford (1908).

[98] Michael Lamy, Les Templiers: Ces Grand Seigneurs aux Blancs Manteaux, Auberon (1994), Bordeaux (1997), p.28.

[99] The Vatican, Catholic Encyclopedia (1911), The Encyclopedia Press, New York (1913), Volume 11, “Old Catholics”, p.235: “Adherence to the Ancient Catholic faith… of the Ancient Church”.

[100] Union of Utrecht of Old Catholic Churches, The Declaration of Utrecht (24 September 1889), Translated in: Paul Halsall, Modern History Sourcebook, Fordham University, New York (1999): Continuing the 1st century “primitive Church” as the original “undivided Church” (Articles 1, 4, 5, 7, 8); Recognizing the “historical primacy… of the Ancient Church” (Article 2) and “Ancient Catholic doctrine” (Article 6).

[101] Rev. Philip Schaff (Editor), New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, 3rd Edition, Funk and Wagnalls Publishers, London (1914), Volume 9, “Reformed Catholics”; H.K. Carroll, Religious Forces of the United States, New York (1896), pp.82-83.

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[103] The Vatican, The Code of Canon Law: Apostolic Constitution, Second Ecumenical Council (“Vatican II”), Enacted (1965), Amended and ratified by Pope John Paul II, Holy See of Rome (1983): “common and constant opinion of learned authors” (Canon 19); “immemorial customs” (Canon 26).

[104] Henri de Curzon, La Règle du Temple, La Société de L’Histoire de France, Paris (1886), in Librairie Renouard: “Disciples” of the Grand Master as a Pontiff (Rule 7); “Patriarchate of the Temple of Solomon” in subtle Old Latin phrase (Rule 8); “divine service… dressed with the crown” as ecclesiastical sovereignty (Rule 9); Grand Mastery exercising independent ecclesiastical authority (Rule 62); “servants of the Church” under Grand Master as a Pontiff (Rule 64).

[105] Pope Innocent II, Omne Datum Optimum (29 March 1139), translated in: Malcolm Barber & Keith Bate, The Templars: Selected Sources, Manchester University Press (2002), pp.59-64.

[106] The Vatican, The Code of Canon Law: Apostolic Constitution, Ratified by Pope John Paul II, Holy See of Rome (1983): Valid Apostolic lines “conferred by the imposition of hands and the prayer of consecration” (Canon 1009); “By the reception of [consecration] a person… is incardinated in the particular Church… for whose service he is ordained.” (Canon 266); Independent “competent ecclesiastical authority” (Canons 114, 116, 118).

[107] The Vatican, The Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), Translation in: H.J. Schroeder, Disciplinary Decrees of the General Councils, B. Herder, Saint Louis (1937), pp.236-296: “The same law is to be observed in regard to those who have no chief rulers, that is, are independent.” (Canon 3); “Renewing the ancient privileges of the patriarchal sees… In all provinces subject to their jurisdiction appeals may be taken to them when necessary” (Canon 5); Autonomous “cathedral churches” (Canons 10-11); “cathedral churches” independently elect their own Bishops (Canon 23).

[108] Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dominus Iesus: On the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church, Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church, published by Pope John Paul II (16 June 2000), republished by Pope Benedict XVI (August 2000), Article IV, Section 17.

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[111] Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), Authority in the Church I (Articles 21-23); Authority in the Church II (Article 19, Article 21); Published in: Authority in the Church: The Final Report, Windsor (1981), London (1982), Reprinted in: C. Hill & E.J. Yarnold, Anglicans and Roman Catholics: The Search for Unity, London (1994)

[112] Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), The Gift of Authority: Authority in the Church III (Article 1, Articles 14-18), Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, London (1999); Reprinted in: M. Tanner, The Gift of Authority: A Commentary, Anglican World (1999), pp.33-36.

[113] The Vatican, The Code of Canon Law: Apostolic Constitution, Ratified by Pope John Paul II, Holy See of Rome (1983): “competent ecclesiastical authority” (Canon 114, §§1-3, Canon 115, §2, Canon 116, §1); “public juridical subject of canon law” (Canon 113, §2, Canon 116, §§1-2); Pontifical authority of denomination (Canon 215); Charter of inherent Pontifical authority of denomination (Canon 116, §2, Canon 118); “perpetual” (Canon 120, §1); “power of jurisdiction” (Canon 129, §1).

[114] Rebecca Wallace, International Law: A Student Introduction, 2nd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell (1986).

[115] United Nations, Convention on the Law of Treaties, Registry Vol. 1155, No.18232, Vienna (1969), Article 3.

[116] United Nations, Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Preamble; UN Convention on Consular Relations, Preamble; UN Immunities of States, Preamble: ¶5: All recognizing the “status of diplomatic agents” from all forms of nation states “since ancient times”, including historical sovereign entities of “differing constitutional and social systems”.

[117] United Nations, Convention on the Law of Treaties, Articles 3, 38: Status as a sovereign “subject of international law” is binding upon all countries regardless of recognition; UN Convention on Consular Relations, Article 47.1; UN Economic Rights of States, Preamble: ¶3, ¶7, Article 4: Countries “shall not discriminate” against a historical form of nation state.

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Meeting about Jesus-Prayer Barcelona

Una reunión inicial para charlar y practicar.

Friday, Jun 8, 2018, 7:00 PM

Hotel Regina, Lobby
Carrer de Bergara, 4, 08002 Barcelona Barcelona, ES

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Nos reuniremos y decidiré que he decidido volver a verme. También daré los primeros pasos para la oración. Hablo mas Ingles como Espanol.

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How a Special Diet Kept the Knights Templar Fighting Fit

Silent meals, a buddy system, and wine “in moderation.”

Meals were eaten communally and may have looked rather like this feast scene from the Bayeux tapestry—albeit rather less raucous.
Meals were eaten communally and may have looked rather like this feast scene from the Bayeux tapestry—albeit rather less raucous. PUBLIC DOMAIN

GRAYBEARDS WERE THIN ON THE ground in the 13th century. For even wealthy landholding males, average life expectancy was about 31 years, rising to 48 years for those who made it to their twenties. The Knights Templar, then, must have seemed to have some magical potion: Many members of this Catholic military order lived long past 60. And even then, they often died at the hands of their enemies, rather than from illness.

In 1314, Jacques de Molay, the order’s final Grand Master, was burned alive at the age of 70. Geoffrei de Charney, who was executed in the same year, is usually said to have been around 63. This longevity seems to have been almost commonplace. Fellow Grand Masters Thibaud Gaudin, Hugues de Payens, and Armand de Périgord, to name just a few, all lived into their sixties. For the times, this would have been positively geriatric.

“The exceptional longevity of Templar Knights was generally attributed to a special divine gift,” writes the Catholic scholar Francesco Franceschi in a journal articleabout their salubrious practices. But modern research suggests an alternative: The order’s compulsory dietary rules may have contributed to their long lives and good health.

Contrary to many modern portrayals, the Knights seem to have lived genuinely humble lives, in service to God. Their dietary choices and obligations reflect this. Though the order grew rich from carefully handled donations and by safeguarding traveling pilgrims’ money, the men themselves took formal vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. They were not permitted even to speak to women. For nearly 200 years, the order thrived across Europe, peaking at around 15,000 members by the end of the 13th century. Most of all, they were expert warriors, and their ranks comprised some of the best fighters, warriors, and jousters in the world.

Meat was eaten no more than three times a week, and often included pork.
Meat was eaten no more than three times a week, and often included pork. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Early in the 12th century, the French abbot Bérnard de Clairvaux helped assemble a long and complex list of rules, which structured the knights’ lives. This rulebook became known as the Primitive Rule of the Templars, and drew from the teachings of the saints Augustine and Benedict. But many of the rules originated in the order. Though the document was completed in 1129, writes Judith Upton-Ward, the Templar Knights had already been in existence for several years, “and had built up its own traditions and customs … To a considerable extent, then, the Primitive Rule is based upon existing practices.”

The rules were many, and various. The knights were to protect orphans, widows, and churches; eschew the company of “obviously excommunicated” men; and not stand up in church when praying or singing. Even sumptuary laws prioritized humbleness: Their monk’s habits were one color alone, though on warm days between Easter and Halloween, the rules decreed, they were allowed to wear a linen shirt. (Pointed shoes were always forbidden.) But the rules also extended into their dietary practices: How they ate, what they ate, and who they ate with.

Their meals do not seem to have been raucous affairs. Knights were obliged to eat together, but to do so silently. If they needed the salt, they had to ask for it to be passed “quietly and privately … with all humility and submission.” A sort of buddy system existed, partly due to a mystifying “shortage of bowls.” This may have been more a show of abstinence than anything else, like the knights’ emblem, which was of two men sharing a horse.

Knights ate in pairs, and were told to “study the other more closely,” to make sure that neither was scarfing more than his share or entertaining any kind of “secret abstinence.” (It’s not clear what knights were supposed to do if their partner wasn’t eating as he should—though shouting at the table seems to have been especially forbidden.) After eating, everyone sat in silence and gave thanks. Scraps of bread were collected and given to the poor, and whole loaves set aside for future meals.

Knights templar wore habits such as these and spent their days together, far from the company of women.
Knights templar wore habits such as these and spent their days together, far from the company of women. PUBLIC DOMAIN

The knights’ diets seem to have been a balancing act between the ordinary fasting demands on monks, and the fact that these knights lived active, military lives. You couldn’t crusade, or joust, on an empty stomach. (Although the Knights Templar only jousted in combat or training—not for sport.) So three times a week, the knights were permitted to eat meat—even though it was “understood that the custom of eating flesh corrupts the body.” On Sundays, everyone ate meat, with higher-up members permitted both lunch and dinner with some kind of roast animal. Accounts from the time show that this was often beef, ham, or bacon, with salt for seasoning or to cure the meat.

It’s likely that these portions were considerable: If the knights weren’t allowed meat due to a Tuesday fast, the next day it would be available “in plenty.” One source suggests that cooks loaded enough meat onto their plates “to feed two poor men with the leftovers.”

But on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, the knights ate more spartan, vegetable-filled meals. Although the rules describe these meals as “two or three meals of vegetables or other dishes eaten with bread,” they also often included milk, eggs, and cheese. Otherwise, they might eat potage, made with oats or pulses, gruels, or fiber-rich vegetable stews. (The wealthier brothers might mix in expensive spices, such as cumin.) In their gardens, they grew fruits and vegetables, especially Mediterranean produce such as figs, almonds, pomegranates, olives, and corn (grain).* These healthy foodstuffs likely also made their way into their meals.

Once a week, on Fridays, they observed a Lenten fast—no eggs, milk, or other animal products. For hearty fare, they relied on dried or salted fish, and dairy or egg substitutes made from almond milk. Even here, however, there are pragmatic concessions. The weak and sick abstained from these fasts and received “meat, flesh, birds, and all other foods which bring good health,” to return them to fighting shape as quickly as possible.

A Medieval woodcut shows a typical kitchen.
A Medieval woodcut shows a typical kitchen. PUBLIC DOMAIN

All the while, brothers drank wine—but this too was restricted. Everyone had an identical ration, which was diluted, and they were advised that alcohol should “not be taken to excess, but in moderation. For Solomon said … wine corrupts the wise.” In the Holy Lands, they allegedly mixed a potent cocktail of antiseptic aloe vera, hemp, and palm wine, known as the Elixir of Jerusalem, which may have helped accelerate healing from injuries.

Franceschi describes other regulations beyond the Primitive Rules that were “specifically designed to avoid the spreading of infections.” These included mandatory handwashing before eating or praying, and exempting brothers in charge of manual tasks outdoors from food preparation or serving. Some of these innovations, picked up without any awareness of germs, may have resulted from interactions with Arab doctors, renowned during the period for their superior medical knowledge. By medieval medical standards, Templar Knights were at its apex, able to treat many illnesses and to take care of their weak.

The order was one of the richest in the world—yet these rules prevented the knights from sitting on their laurels or gorging themselves on fatty, cured meat. In fact, many of these rules resemble modern dietary advice: Lots of vegetables, meat on occasion, and wine in moderation. A meal fit not for a king on a throne, but a knight with some serious crusading to do.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-the-templar-knights-ate

Places to Travel

There are many places where the Knights Templar could have been, from Ethiopia to the Americas. In Roslyn Chapel close to Edinburgh/Scotland, for example, we see features of corn and other American plants. The Westford Knight stone may be an indication of a journey overseas. A friend told me about the Tehuelche people of Patagonia/Argentina, who are reappearing back into history. They recover their lost spiritual wisdom via dreams and visions, as it has been prophesied earlier. They told the people of the zoo of Buenas Aires, who work on a successful project of reintroducing condors to the Atlantic side of Patagonia, that they have a thread of oral traditions, leading centuries back, which states memories of good relationships with the Knights Templars in the thirteen century and even later. The Knights must, therefore, have sailed the whole eastern coast of the Americas up and down. Maybe that is why the ships of Colombo who had a similar cross on their sails thanks to the Portuguese Knights of Christ, where received first with trust, which he misused with cruelty.

In the late twenties and early thirties, I was obsessed with the Templars and the Grail. We traveled to Scotland with my friends, following the outlined stories and places of the book of Henry Lincoln “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” and “The Temple and the Lodge”. On old cemeteries, I scraped grass from old tombstones and found Skull and bones and freemason gravings for sure. We visited the castle of the Campbells of who Henry Lincoln and his co-author thought they may have sheltered some fleeing Knights Templar of France in 1307. Indeed there are some signs of that within the castle. Later when I was introduced into a family of descendants of the Campbells who traveled over five hundred years during their history first to Sicilia and later to Brazil I discovered the Cross of the Campbell on their blankets again. The elderly women made these blankets until the 1980´s without knowing the meaning of the crosses.

We live here close to the Languedoc, a region rich of legends, ruins, and myths of the Knights Templar, the Cathars, and Mary Magdalene.

A little town called “Les Saint Maries de la Mer” (Southern France) is the place where according to legend the women Maria Salmone, Santa Sara (the patron of the Gypsies) Mary Magdalene,  Lazurus, and others landed after fleeing from Palästina. Here hold the Gypsies still their yearly meetings and celebration on May 24 each year.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Sarah

There are also places of the Cathars to visit in the Pyrenes. these are the only “real” remains of the Cathar culture, their houses and castle are ruin right now, but the caves prevailed.

The highest energy I ever have felt was in tree place, all related with Christ: First in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, second in Santiago de Compostella/North/West-Spain at the end of the St.James way and third in Caravaca de la Cruz in Southern Spain.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Even though the story of the apostle’s James dead body washed onto the beach of Galicia within a boat made of stone, does not sound very likely to be true, but whatever the true story behind it is, “Energy does not lie”. To pray on the apostle’s tomb was the most intense experience I had.

A friend of mine was invited into the octagon of Eunate by a France man, who claimed to be a Knight Templar. His said about St. James “We put him there”. Whatever, he is there and that is a miracle by itself including the experience of taken care of and universal alignment during the pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.

At Caravaca de la Cruz they expose a piece of the Holy Cross, allegedly discovered by Saint Helena, the mother of Constantin the Great who converted Christianity into the cult of the Roman Empire in the fourth century. Even though this discovery is also very unlike to be true, (the tools for crucifixion where the property of the Roman administration and probably used and used again) this energy is profoundly high and deep at the same time. And I don´t say that it´s fun to stay in this intensity for to long, but an encounter with the holy is always nurturing our soul.


These are only examples of possibilities of past and future adventures and discoveries, we may assist you with. But most of all share your own experiences with traveling into nature or history, because the most interesting thing is not the past, because its over, but how we sense our own soul, the smells, the colors, the tastes, the feelings and encounters with strangers on our own ( daily) journeys. To remember that we are beings of Spirit and Light is important and can be intensified by pilgrimage and traveling to the right places.

Connecting through the Senses

Connecting and Extending through the Senses

Barcelona, ES
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We want to connect with each other through our senses, to feel each other and different spaces. We want to open ourselves to the unknown and we transform our self-perception f…

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There is no love but God’s.

This is one of the most important lessons of the Course. This is real gnosis. You only have to learn this one.

“Perhaps you think that different kinds of love are possible. Perhaps you think there is a kind of love for this, a kind for that; a way of loving one, another way of loving still another. Love is one. It has no separate parts and no degrees; no kinds nor levels, no divergencies and no distinctions. It is like itself, unchanged throughout. It never alters with a person or a circumstance. It is the Heart of God, and also of His Son.

Love’s meaning is obscure to anyone who thinks that love can change. He does not see that changing love must be impossible. And thus he thinks that he can love at times, and hate at other times. He also thinks that love can be bestowed on one, and yet remain itself although it is withheld from others. To believe these things of love is not to understand it. If it could make such distinctions, it would have to judge between the righteous and the sinner, and perceive the Son of God in separate parts.

Love cannot judge. As it is one itself, it looks on all as one. Its meaning lies in oneness. And it must elude the mind that thinks of it as partial or in part. There is no love but God’s, and all of love is His. There is no other principle that rules where love is not. Love is a law without an opposite. Its wholeness is the power holding everything as one, the link between the Father and the Son which holds Them both forever as the same.

No course whose purpose is to teach you to remember what you really are could fail to emphasize that there can never be a difference in what you really are and what love is. Love’s meaning is your own, and shared by God Himself. For what you are is what He is. There is no love but His, and what He is, is everything there is. There is no limit placed upon Himself, and so are you unlimited as well.

No law the world obeys can help you grasp love’s meaning. What the world believes was made to hide love’s meaning, and to keep it dark and secret. There is not one principle the world upholds but violates the truth of what love is, and what you are as well.

Seek not within the world to find your Self. Love is not found in darkness and in death. Yet it is perfectly apparent to the eyes that see and ears that hear love’s Voice. Today we practice making free your mind of all the laws you think you must obey; of all the limits under which you live, and all the changes that you think are part of human destiny. Today we take the largest single step this course requests in your advance towards its established goal.

If you achieve the faintest glimmering of what love means today, you have advanced in distance without measure and in time beyond the count of years to your release. Let us together, then, be glad to give some time to God today, and understand there is no better use for time than this.

For fifteen minutes twice today escape from every law in which you now believe. Open your mind and rest. The world that seems to hold you prisoner can be escaped by anyone who does not hold it dear. Withdraw all value you have placed upon its meager offerings and senseless gifts, and let the gift of God replace them all.

Call to your Father, certain that His Voice will answer. He Himself has promised this. And He Himself will place a spark of truth within your mind wherever you give up a false belief, a dark illusion of your own reality and what love means. He will shine through your idle thoughts today, and help you understand the truth of love. In loving gentleness He will abide with you, as you allow His Voice to teach love’s meaning to your clean and open mind. And He will bless the lesson with His Love.

Today the legion of the future years of waiting for salvation disappears before the timelessness of what you learn. Let us give thanks today that we are spared a future like the past. Today we leave the past behind us, nevermore to be remembered. And we raise our eyes upon a different present, where a future dawns unlike the past in every attribute.

The world in infancy is newly born. And we will watch it grow in health and strength, to shed its blessing upon all who come to learn to cast aside the world they thought was made in hate to be love’s enemy. Now are they all made free, along with us. Now are they all our brothers in God’s Love.

We will remember them throughout the day, because we cannot leave a part of us outside our love if we would know our Self. At least three times an hour think of one who makes the journey with you, and who came to learn what you must learn. And as he comes to mind, give him this message from your Self:”

I bless you, brother, with the Love of God, which I would
share with you. For I would learn the joyous lesson that
there is no love but God’s and yours and mine and everyone’s.