Return of the Knights Templar
 by Richard Salbato


The Knights Templar were created by the Holy Father in 1099 AD after the First Christian Crusade against the Moslems because of the Pope’s failure to unify Europe against the 400 year march of Moslems against Europe.  He made this army of Knights independent of all European Kings and even independent of all European Bishops, because there was no unity of Kings or Bishops.  Let me repeat that because it is the main reason for this Newsletter – “No Unity, Christian Countries would not come to each others aid.”    

When the Moslems attacked Eastern Europe the Kings of Western Europe refused to come to their aid.  When the Moslems (Moors) attacked and occupied Spain, Portugal and Southern France, the Kings of Germany, Italy and England did not come to their aid.  The Christian world was divided then as it is now.  There were individual Knights who saw the dangers like the Knights of England who came to the aid of Isabelle of Spain, but the governments, Kings, did not.  The Moslems were united but the Christians were not.

A 100 years before the First Christian Crusade, over 200 years after Mohamed, the Christians divided into Catholics and Orthodox, into an Eastern Christianity and a Western Christianity.  The Pope ordered the First Crusade to save the separated Orthodox from the heavy persecution of the Moslems simply because they were brother Christians even if in schism and in hopes to unify the Christians again. 

But the Crusaders did not respect the Orthodox and instead subjected them to might of the Crusade.  The Holy Father did not have control over the Kings of Europe or the Crusade.  To avoid this in the future he formed his own army, The Knights Templar. 

Officially the Knights Templar was created after the recovery of Jerusalem from the Moslems after the first Christian Crusade in 1099 AD.  But in truth the Knights existed from the first Century AD to defend the faithful and the Pope.  Although not called Templars until 1099 AD, they existed to smuggle the saints and the most important relics of the Church out of the Holy Land and into Europe from just before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD until 1099 AD.

Secret writings about people like King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, the Fisher King, and Knights like Percival, Gawain, Lancelot, and Robin Hood were in fact, Templars, but not called that until 1099 AD.  Fiction stories like “The True Story of the Holy Grail”, written many years before the Templars, show many mysteries involving this order. 

The Knights official name is the "Sovereign Order of Military Knights of St. John of Jerusalem” and their sister order the “Hospitallers." The Hospitallers built castles and protected them giving pilgrims places of refuge throughout the Holy Land and Europe.

Because of their vows of poverty, chastity, piety and obedience the Templars never lost a battle in over 1500 years going back to the First Century before they were called Templars. They also took vows to never surrender and never back away from a fight unless the odds were more than 10 to 1 against them. 

The Knights were aided by cavalry, freres and chaplains.  Each Knight had about 10 of these support aids. They invented banking by creating methods of travel without money (only notes of credit), and protecting peoples money in the castles.  They invented Hospitals by caring for people in their Castles.  They were involved in manufacturing, import and export and the protection of Christians.  They owned a large fleet of ships and the entire island of Cyprus. 

They built and owned Castles throughout the known world: 5 in the Middle East, 15 in France, 23 in the United Kingdom, 4 in Portugal, 2 in Spain, and 2 others for a total of 51 before they were suppressed.  Most likely they also founded the country of Switzerland and its banking systems.

Until suppressed by the false charges King Philip of France at the Council of Vienna, the Templars had defeated the Moslems in every battle and had become the greatest power in Europe.  They left the Holy Land because the kings of Europe would not support them. They defended Europe from the Moslems even when everyone else could not.

Although later found innocent of all charges by the Church, the Templars were suppressed by the Pope in 1303 AD and changed their name.  They hid their treasures and a large fleet of ships.

Even after the suppression they fought the Moslems under new names: as Knights of Malta, Knights of St. John, Knights of Cyprus and the Knights of Austria. In the Fifteenth Century they defended the Island of Malta and defeated the Moslems at the battle of Lepanto under the Knight, Don Juan of Austria.

Today the Knights of Saint John are headquartered in Rome but their vast treasures of gold and relics are still kept secret.  Only the Shroud of Turin found in the home of Jacques de Moley, the Grand Master of the Knights, on the month of their suppression has come to light, but most people believe to this day that the Knights Templar still have the Holy Grail and maybe even the treasures of Solomon.

Battle of Lepanto

On October 7th Christians celebrate the Feast of the Rosary, and rightfully so, but originally it was the Feast of the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto on Oct. 7, 1571 (268 years after the suppression of the Knights Templar). It was the final battle of Islam (Moslems) in their attempt to take over all of Europe. It was the final battle of the Holy League (Catholics) to drive out the Moslems and stop their assault after 800 years of Moslem expansion.

On that date the forces of Islam battled the Holy League in a crucial engagement at Lepanto, the modern day Gulf of Corinth. To understand this battle we must go back in history six years.

The year is 1565. On the Island of Malta, 600 Knights of St. John, formerly Knights Templar, commanding a force of some 8000 men, preparing to defend their island fortress from attack.

These same Catholic Knights had been driven from their previous stronghold, the Isle of Rhodes, in 1522, by the Ottoman Turks. The Moslems were pressing hard across Arabia, Syria, Iraq, into Egypt and northern Africa, and had established a strong foothold on the north coast of the Black Sea, the gateway to all of Europe itself. In 1526, the Hungarians had been defeated at the Battle of Mohacs, and only the Austrian Habsburgs stopped them. Vienna came under attack in 1529, but the Moslems over-extended campaign failed.

Now, the Turks had raised a fleet of 181 ships, carrying some 30,000 soldiers, oared by 20,000 Christian slaves, and Malta was the prize they sought. Their goal was to plunder and sweep all the ships of Christian Europe from the Mediterranean. Then, in control of the sea lanes and trade routes, with their naval and economic power supreme, all of Europe would be set to fall before them. The economic collapse of Europe was the goal then and is the same today.

The Turkish fleet fought Malta in 1565 but the Knights of St. John (Knights Templar) were victorious, and the Turks were forced to withdraw in defeat. It did not, however, end the threat from the Ottoman Turks.

In 1566, Pius V knew the Ottoman Turks were not just going to go away and leave Europe in peace. Cyprus came under attack again in 1570. Seeing the increasing danger to Christendom, Pius V called on "The Holy League," consisting of the Papal States, Spain, Genoa, Venice, and the Knights of Malta (Templars), to address the Moslem threat with a Christian naval fleet under Admiral Don Juan of Austria.

The fleet under Don Juan's command was some 300 ships strong, with over 50,000 men served the fleet as rowers, and another 30,000 were fighting soldiers, 80,000 Christians in 300 ships.

At dawn, on October 7, 1571, the two fleets met. Because the Moslems used captured Christians to mind the oaring of the ships, the iron rams were removed from the Christian ships so as not to sink and drown thousands of Christians.  The plan was for boarding and close quarter fighting.

Don Juan put up pictures of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the 300 ships and ordered his entire navy to say the Rosary at the same time that the Holy Father was praying the Rosary with a huge crowd in Rome at the Basilica of Mary Majors.  Then the battle started.

When it was all over, 8,000 men who had sailed with Don Juan were dead and another 16,000 wounded. The Moslems had over 25,000 dead, and thousands more wounded and captured. Over 12,000 Catholic galley slaves had also been rescued from the Moslems.

At dawn, on October 7, 1571, Pope Pius V suddenly interrupted the praying of the Rosary and cried out:  "Our great task at present is to thank God for the victory which He has just given the Catholic army." The Pope, of course, had no way of knowing that the battle was won. 


The Power of Mary’s Knights


Of course the victory of the Battle of Lepanto was a victory of prayer, the prayer of the Rosary, and we must not belittle that, but it was prayer and action and not prayer only.  It reminds me of another battle in what became Portugal. 

The Moslems (Moors) had driven the Christians all the way to the North Sea, and a small band of Christian Knights hid out in a cave of the mountains as the Moslems marched towards them.  They were outnumbered a 100 to 1 and had no chance of stopping them. What is now known as the battle of Covadonga, the Knight Pelayo, later to become the first king of Portugal watched in despair as the Moslems came up the valley between the two mountains. 

As he watched and prayed a light came from behind him in the cave.  He turned to look and saw the Virgin Mary.  She was pointing to the other side of the valley on top of the other mountain.  Pelayo turned to look and saw a large band of Angels dressed in Knights armor on top of the mountain.  He turned again to address the Virgin Mary and She had disappeared leaving behind a small statue of Herself. 

Going out of the cave Pelayo watched as the Knight Angels pushed large boulders down on the Moslems until almost all were killed.  Inspired by this victory Pelayo continued to fight the Moslems until he pushed them completely out of what is now Portugal and became its first King. 

In 1989 Pope John Paul II prayed before this Statue of Mary for peace in the world.  In 2003 I prayed before this same Statue of Mary for understanding of how She would bring peace to the world.


The Moslem War Never Ended


The battle, although a great victory for Catholic Europe, did not end the threat of invasion, or completely break the power of the Ottoman Turks. More naval and land battles would follow in the years to come, and Vienna itself would come under attack again, and yet again.

Today, the long clash between Christendom and Islam is still evident in the political and ethnic geography of Europe, Africa, Byzantium, and north into Russia. The battle also extends, in varying degrees, throughout the Near and Far East, and the Islands of the Pacific as well.

Many Christian knights, soldiers, and sailors have died defending Christendom against the onslaughts of Islam down through the centuries. Today, the borders of many European countries, Canada, and the United States are practically wide open, and the old enemy is invited to come in and make himself at home. And many 'Christians' in the West are just too busy enjoying their material prosperity to be bothered with unpleasant history.

But the enemy has not forgotten history. He remembers it all too well, and he is still deadly serious about his religion. His goal over the years has not changed in the slightest, and he is very patient. The enemy within is now just biding his time.

A Moslem has to acknowledge that Allah sent Mohammed with the true religion so that it should rule over all the religions. The whole world would be subdued under the rule of Islam.  These are the fundamentals of the religion that without them, one cannot be a Moslem.  Islam is a religious civilization that engulfs the individual, society and nation.  Moslems preach Islam as the rule of the world by. No Moslem will deny this, not even the best of them. 

What happens if Jews and Christians don't want to live under the rules of Islam? Then Islam has to fight them and this fighting is called Jihad. Jihad means war against those people who don't want to accept the Islamic superior rule. That's jihad.

The world is described as Dar al-Islam (the house of Islam) - that's the place where Islam rules - and the other part which is called Dar al-Harb - the house of war. Not the "house of non-Muslims," but the "house of war." It is this house of war which as to be, at the end of time, conquered. The world will continue to be in the house of war until it comes under Islamic rule.

Every single Moslem is a soldier in this army. Every single Moslem that dies in fighting for the spread of Islam is a shaheed (martyr) no matter how he dies, because - and this is very important - this is an eternal word between the two civilizations. It's not a war that stops. This war is there because it was created by Allah. Islam must be the ruler. This is a war that will not end.

Wherever you have Islam, you will have war. What are the poor people in the Philippines being killed for? What's happening between Pakistan and India, in Somalia, in Sudan, in all of Africa?


The Divided World Today


Just like when the Moslems invaded and occupied Europe for 800 years, we again have a divided Western World, the Christian World.  The United States has 6,000,000 Moslems living within their borders and all of them believe they live in Dar al-Harb - the house of war. They all believe that they are obligated to turn Western Society into an Islam Society. That is only 2% of the population but there are 4,000,000 illegals coming across the border of Mexico every year and who knows how many of them are Moslems. 

In Europe it is even worse since they have a greater percentage of the population.  Today there are violent conflicts between Moslems and the police in France each and every day, so much so that it does not even reach the news anymore.  The Police cannot even give a traffic ticket in a Moslem area of France without being attacked by hundreds of Moslems.  In England Moslem and English youth are fighting almost everyday and the Moslems want to change the date of the Olympics to accommodate their faith. Italy, German, Spain and Holland have the same problems.

The very fact of so many Moslems live in the West and all capable of terrorists acts results in an ipso facto blackmail of the governments.  The West saw how the bombing of the railroads of Spain changed the election.  As the American government tries to get international cooperation for the war on terror, they in fact get almost no cooperation, not abroad or at home.  Russia, facing an even greater Moslem threat, will not give up its trade with Iran to put on sanctions, money before common sense.  China trades with Korea and Iran and wants no sanctions, money before common sense.   

For these reasons the United Nations is absolutely useless in the war against Islam.  The United Nations does nothing and they do it very well.  Before this year is out 1,500.000 Africans will die at the hands of Moslems and the UN will do nothing about it.  Every year Catholics and other Christians are killed, beheaded, raped and made homeless by Moslems in every country where there is at least a single Moslem and the world does nothing about it but talk. 

The American government, the only government in the world that wants to stop Jihad, is handicapped by politicians who want to win elections more than protect themselves or the world. In Iraqi 95% of all deaths come from people sent into the country from Iran and Syria and this will never stop until the war extends to Iran and Syria.  Instead of facing the fact, American politicians want to get out, let the Iraqis die and a large nation to be formed (let us call it Persia) out of Iran, Iraqi and Syria.  This nation will have the Atomic Bomb, train terrorists all over the world, and in time take over Saudi Arabia. 

No unity in the world today just as it was in the first onslaught of the Moslems for 800 years.


Private Armies  


Obviously I do not have much trust that any Western Democracy, including the United States, has the will to war against the Moslem onslaught. I am now convinced that we must do what the Moslems are doing today.  No Moslem country directly attacks the West.  It uses private, not government armies, and although supported by Moslem governments they can claim no direct involvement. There are hundreds of these private armies, The Moslem Brotherhood, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and many others. No government claims these armies as their own.

Some of these private armies are stronger than the governments where they operate, like Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Sudan, where millions are being killed in Darfur by ethnic cleansing.  

Do not think that the West does not have private armies, there are hundreds of them and they are not secret.  The United States uses private armies to protect construction companies in Iraqi.  Large companies like Halliburton, General Electric, Brown and Root, General Dynamic, and Dow Chemical use private armies to protect their top secrets and workers at home and abroad.  These are not secret and most of the recruits are retired former Special Forces from all branches of the Military in America and in England.  

If you have a hard time believing this, just type in “private armies” in your search program.  My favorite article on this is but there are about 300,000 more web sites to look at.


Return of the Knights Templar

I think we need a return of the Knights Templar. Some will think this is not according to a good Catholic’s interpretation of “Love”.  But Pope Saint Pius V was not sinning when he called for the first Christian Crusade.  The laws of physical force are: 1. Only for self protection, 2. The protection of others from harm. 3. Only the force needed to stop or protect from physical harm, 4. No vengeance, 5. No punishment.

However, it would also be a sin against “love” for us to stand by and allow someone to be harmed like we are doing in Darfur.  It is a sin against “love” for us to allow priests and nuns to be killed all over the world and do nothing if we are capable of stopping it.  Maybe right now we cannot.

But if the Knights Templar came back into the world again, many Western Governments, and many multimillionaires would not only back them with finances, but would use them in stead of using 18 to 25 year old soldiers with only 2 to 4 years of training.  The voting public in Democratic Countries would rather finance them than see their own people come home in body bags. 

The Knights Templar could move into any country in the world without the politics of treaties and government red tape. They would only operate as a protective army with no personal ambitions except to protect.  They could move in and out at a moments notice from any place in the world.

Islamic radicals are instigating and perpetuating terrorist campaigns, insurgencies, civil wars, minority suppression, ethnic cleansing and/or genocide in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Chad, Chechnya, Dagestan, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kashmir, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, territories administered by the "Palestinian Authority," Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, The United States of America, Yemen, and Zanzibar. The rest of the world is held hostage to fear.

Can any country help in all these countries? No!  However, an International Army designed just for protection and nothing more could operate from many places and solve problems in a swift and complete way without considering what is politically correct or worrying about a terrorist retaliation.

I do not see the Holy Father publicly supporting such an army because too many Catholics living in Moslem countries would be in great danger.  I believe, however, that the time will come when no other choice will present itself.  It is time though for Catholics with some financial means to consider putting this together and to support again a military branch of the Knights of St. John.

Am I being radical?  I do not think so.  Many Catholics are waiting for God to do it.  Others depend on prayer only.  But all I read about Moral Theology is that we must use both “prayer and action”. God uses our hands to do His work. We must be our brother’s keeper and not turn away with a look of compassion and a prayer.  We must be the “Good Samaritan” and go to the aid of people in need especially to protect life, not only in abortion clinics but in countries where the innocent are being slaughtered just for not being Moslem.

I may, in fact, organize this myself. It is time for the Knights Templar to come out of hiding.

Richard Salbato

October 16, 2006

Reverences from:

Brigitte Gabriel

Mary Jo Anderson

Robert McMullen