Press Attacks Call for Pope to Apologise to Templars
Catholic media, predictably, stood up in opposition yesterday to calls
for the Pope to apologise to the Templars.
It appears that the Catholic Herald does not recognise the case for an
apology. The article quotes three individuals, one academic and two
authors, who between them argue that the Templars ceased to exist and
"deserved" to be oppressed, therefore no apology is necessary. These
sentiments are echoed by the editorial inside the newspaper. The
implication would seem to be that the Vatican is wrong to be "seriously
considering" issuing an apology.
Yet the clear and legitimate case for an apology remains, as I will
demonstrate. Firstly, we know that Vatican records vindicate the
Secondly, apologies have rightly and justly been expressed by the
Vatican over similar issues, setting a reliable precedent. Finally, even
if the Templars had been guilty of heresy, nobody sane would dispute
today that it is wrong to torture and burn people alive under any
The paper describes the humble and polite request for an apology as a
"demand" and offers a defensive response, "we do not need to apologise",
as though Catholics are somehow under attack which is manifestly not
Of course, the only response that is important is the response from the
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The Times (30 March 2002) - Vatican file shows pope pardoned massacred
The Times (29 November 2004) - The last crusade of the Templars, page
The Independent (29 November 2004) - Knights Templar seek papal apology
for 700 years of persecution.
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