a reply to: Peeple
An accusation isn't proof of wrongdoing. Phillip had the Templars charged with heresy and many other trumped-up charges, most of which were identical
to the charges which had previously been leveled by Phillip's agents against Pope Boniface VIII. By making the charges religious in nature, he
wouldn't be seen as a greedy tyrant, but as a servant of God.
The initial charges held against the Templars numbered in five:
- They renounced Christ and spit upon the cross during initiation into the Order.
- Men were stripped to be initiated and the thrice kissing of that man by the preceptor on the navel, posteriors and the mouth.
- The neophyte (novice) was told that unnatural lust was lawful and indulged in commonly.
- The neophyte wore a cord day and night was consecrated by wrapping it around an idol in the form of a human head with a great beard, and that this
idol was adored in all chapters.
- Priests of the order did not consecrate the host in celebrating Mass.
These charges would later increase, somewhere between 86 and 127.
During his interrogation in late October 1307, De Molay confessed that the Templar intiatory rites included denying Christ and stepping on the cross.
In December 1307, Pope Clement V sent two Cardinals to interview De Molay where he retracted his confessions. This did not please the French King and
a power struggle occurred. Two commissions, via a Papal Bull (Faciens misericordiam), were established one ran by the Church and one by the French
The Pontiff wanted to conduct trials, but Phillip intervened and many Templars were burned at the stake as heretics (which did not require Papal
approval to do). Eventually the Pope, on March 22nd, 1312, would disband the Knights Templar through the Papal Bull, "Vox in Excelso".
On the 18th of March, 1314, De Molay and some other Templar leaders were dragged before the public. It had been Seven (7) long years and finally they
were to receive the sentence agreed upon by the Cardinals, which supposed to be a lifelong imprisonment. To the surprise and dismay of both the crowd
and Cardinals, Jacques De Molay and Geoffrey De Charney, Preceptor of Normandy, stood up and stated they were only guilty of betraying their Order by
giving into torture and confessing to these false charges.
While the Cardinals were meeting to deal with this, the incensed King Phillip pronounced that De Molay and De Charney were relapsed heretics to be
burnt at the stake. A pyre was set up on a small island on the Seine near Notre Dame.
Contrary to the belief of the conventional "burning stake/pyre", it could not have been a stake with wood and accelerant at the base as the victim
would die within minutes from asphyxiation. The fire and heat would rise and the flames would be swallowed, burning the lungs, and soon filling with
fluid thereby causing asphyxiation. For De Molay to have lasted for a while and slowly burn, it would have required a pyre built by a stake in the
center with a ring of fire, most likely hot coals, around it (think of the point within a circle as a diagram), which would cause an oven effect
cooking him slowly and burning him from the feet up.
Eyewitness testimony said that De Molay showed no sign of fear and it said during the slow death of burning at the stake, he decried the Pope and
King, saying that their deaths would be avenged and that those would join him in the Afterlife. Whether he really cursed them or not, both the Pope
and French King died within a year.
In 2001, a Vatican paleographer named Barbara Frale found a copy of the Chinon Parchment which states that in 1308 the Pope secretly absolved the
Jacques de Molay and the Templar Order. This could explain why so many Templars were later burned as heretics or just simply disappeared from the
Freemasonry has been accused of all sorts of things, but look at the type of people accusing us. Here's a brief history of anti-Masonry (and their
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