As most of you know, yesterday the
I’m going to let my “wild speculation” side come out on this topic. There are a number of interesting hints and tid-bits about the whole process of the publications of these documents that do raise some questions. Besides, it’s fun to turn into the blogger who comes up with the off the wall theories.
Why release the documents on 25 October?
It would have made a bigger publicity splash if the
I think the
There is also a symbolic possibility that center around the 25th of October. That day is recognized in the Church as remembering the 40 martyrs of Wales and England. Could it be that the
So what’s the big dead about the documents in the first place?
The documents represent that some of what we previously thought of Templar history is incorrect. It also represents something that the Church has known all along, that the Templars were simply placed on administrative leave so to speak. According to the article on the Secret Archive’s site about the Chinon Parchments, “...the pope [Clement V] removed the order from the reality of that period, without condemning or abolishing it, but isolating it in a sort of “hibernation”, thanks to a clever device of the canon law.”
The study of this “device of canon law” might have lessoned the impact of the 1312 suppression order given by Clement V. Not being an expert in canonical law, I can only speculate that if Clement V was slick enough to give the Templars a loophole in 1308, the same loophole might have stood with the 1312 order. After all, the Secret Archive’s article mentions that Clement V’s goal was to reform the order at a later time.
This all falls on the recent heels of talk of official apologies from the
Why is a copy of the documents being presented to the Pope?
Yesterday’s Canadian Press article goes on to say that, “plans in the coming days to present one to Pope Benedict.” What exactly does that note? Is the presentation of the documents and historical commentary of interest to the Pope or is it necessary for some other purpose?
Once again the gears of speculation and rumors turn in my mind. A report surfaced in 2005 in the Hertsford-Essex News, reprinted here in the Insider.org, that while a Cardinal the present Pope contacted Dr Alan Thompson of the
It would seem that the present Pope has an interest in the Templars. This interest may just be a historical curiosity and nothing more. However, let’s remember that under this Pope’s watch there has been more official
Wrapping it all up
Whew! I’m glad I’ve gotten all that out of my system. I’m not sure if any of this connects and dots in reality, but it does make one think that there is something in the background with the release of these documents.
I would call on either the
That is unless there is some benefactor out there that wants to purchase a copy and make PDF’s available on line. Any takers?