The descendants of the Templars have sued pope Benedict XVI. The Knights Templar are demanding that the Vatican give them back their good name (lol! the Red Cross wants their good name back) and, possibly, billions in assets into the bargain, 700 years after the order was brutally suppressed by a joint venture between the Pope and the King of France...
Despite the order’s brutal apparent suppression, its legacy has been claimed by numerous successor organisations, and besmirched by popular authors ad nauseum. One of the successors, Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, is apparently recognised by Unesco.
We contacted the UK branch, otherwise known as the The Grand Priory of Knights Templar in England and Wales, to see if they could throw any light on the matter but they have yet to get back to us.
The Grand Priory’s website says the modern organisation is about humanitarian and charity work. There is no mention of the Holy Grail, though it does support the maintenance of the Holy Places.
And if you’re looking for esoteric rites or secret higher knowledge, you’re likely to be disappointed. The website says: “Please don’t expect to be enlightened with some supposed ‘secret’ knowledge, because nothing exists.”
Of course, any conspiracy theorist will tell you that’s exactly what you’d expect them to say.
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes." former President Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell address to the American public
An ignored warning from a REPUBLICAN president for crying out loud!
(full quote is preceeded by: "...3,5 million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. The total influence; economic, political, even spiritual; is felt in every city, State house & office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. ...")