Knights Templar Exonerated

The Vatican is now publicly conceding that the Knights Templar were treated quite badly and were not heretics after all. Pope Clement V, it seems, finally absolved the order of all heresies, but the original parchment declaring his deci­sion was somehow misfiled in the 17th century and has been lost ever since. Discovered in the Vatican library in 2001 by professor Barbara Frale, the document is now being published in limited edition at a mere $8300 per copy.

Long reviled by mainstream historians, the Templars have, nevertheless, occupied a special place in the hearts of all those who believe that there is an underground stream running through history, which, though denied by the or­thodox, explains many of the mysteries which confront us today. Even the Catholic church has conceded that the Templars once stood astride the civilization as the inventors of international banking and the possessors of the larg­est navy in the world. Nevertheless, the church has long insisted that the knights were up to no good and deserved their final ignominy.

October 13, 2007, was the 700th anniversary of the crushing of the order by King Phillip IV (“the Fair”) of France with the full complicity of Pope Clement. However, despite the burning at the stake of its leaders and the intense per­secution of most of its known members, the order seems to have survived by going underground from which, many believe, it ultimately emerged as Freemasonry and in various other esoteric forms. The Templars, it is believed, were far ahead of their times in many ways not limited to banking and international commerce. It is also thought that they knew many secrets which went to the heart of Christianity, and that they were the guardians of the Holy Grail and of a very great treasure, as yet unfound. Their story is at the heart of the novel and the movie The DaVinci Code. (For more on their secret saga, read the articles by Frank Joseph and John White elsewhere in these pages.)

The document discovered by Professor Frale reveals that the pope decided that the so-called entrance ritual of the Templars was not blasphemous, as was claimed by King Phillip. Nevertheless, in order to stave off a schism in the church, the pope decided to dissolve the order, a fact for which he later asked pardon from the knights.

Now a British order of Templars which claims to be directly descended from the original Templars is demanding that Pope Benedict XVI apologize for the church’s actions seven centuries ago—actions which led, at the very least, to the violent and excruciatingly painful deaths of many very noble, and now exonerated, warrior priests.

Technology Can Harness Permanent Magnets Now

Could the long search for a way to extract usable energy from permanent magnets be over? A recent U.S. patent (5,710,531) for what is called the “Static Energy Converter” indicates the answer may be, yes. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo have now produced analysis results suggesting that the technology, indeed, taps a new source of energy.

Billed as capable of making a “significant impact in reducing the U.S. addiction to oil as well as mitigating the de­struction of the environment,” the Static Field Converter is the invention of New York computer consultant Andrew Abolafia. Not only does it convert the energy of a static magnetic field into electricity, when deployed on a large scale, it produces hydrogen as a by-product.

Attempts in the past to tap the energy of permanent magnets has met with little success. Currently the Irish tech­nology company Steorn is in the process of testing a magnet-based system for which it has gained worldwide publici­ty after publishing, in early 2007, a full-page ad in Britain’s Economist magazine claiming to have a free-energy tech­nology. The resulting scientific jury—set up by the company to determine the merits of its project—is literally still out.

To view the Static Energy Converter patent go to Abolafia’s web site at

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