of the Knights Templar
by Richard Salbato
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
the Moslems attacked
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.
the Knights Templar was created after the recovery of
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.
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
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.
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
built and owned Castles throughout the known world: 5 in the Middle East, 15 in
suppressed by the false charges King Philip of
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.
after the suppression they fought the Moslems under new names: as Knights of
the Knights of Saint John are headquartered in
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
On that date the forces of Islam battled the Holy
League in a crucial engagement at Lepanto, the modern day
The year is 1565. On the
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
Now, the Turks had raised a fleet of 181 ships, carrying some 30,000 soldiers, oared by 20,000 Christian slaves, and
The Turkish fleet fought
In 1566, Pius V knew the Ottoman Turks were not just going to go away and leave
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
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
The Moslems (Moors) had driven the Christians all
the way to the
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
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
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
Today, the long clash between Christendom and Islam is still evident in the political and ethnic geography of Europe, Africa,
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,
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 Divided World Today
Just like when the Moslems invaded and occupied
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
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
No unity in the world today just as it was in the first onslaught of the Moslems for 800 years.
Obviously I do not have much trust that any Western
Democracy, including the
Some of these private armies are stronger than the
governments where they operate, like
Do not think that the West does not have private
armies, there are hundreds of them and they are not secret. The
If you have a hard time believing this, just type in “private armies” in your search program. My favorite article on this is http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/global/sanchez.htm 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
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.
October 16, 2006
Mary Jo Anderson