new Pope, Benedict XVI, was actively investigating secret societies
including the Knights Templar and the Illuminati, it was revealed yesterday.
Details were exposed by a local newspaper in Hertfordshire, England.
Cardinal Ratzinger was head of the Inquisition, the arm of the Church set up
to investigate, persecute or eliminate heretics. But the curious thing is,
we now know that he started his investigation shortly before he was elected
as the new Pope. Did he know something? He certainly made no secret of his
ambition to become Pope.
Pope’s probe into
THE NEW POPE has reportedly
made inquiries into a secret society, the Knights Templar.
He is thought to-have
contacted a top Hertfordshire historian and a records officer at County Hall
The inquiries follow the
Templars’ demand last December for a
papal apology by 2007
for their persecution by the Vatican almost 700 years ago.
The demand – which the
Vatican was said to be ‘seriously
considering’ – made international headlines after it was exclusively
revealed by the Mercury. The news also appeared in national newspapers,
including The Times, The Independent, and The Guardian.
Now we have received new
information that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger made the calls prior to his
election as Pope Benedict XVI earlier this month.
A source told the Mercury
that the German cardinal contacted local history expert Dr Alan Thompson at
the University of Hertfordshire. The anonymous source also pointed out that
the Pope’s homeland, Bavaria, where he became a member of Hitler Youth, is
also the homeland of a mysterious secret society, the Illuminati.
After we asked him to
confirm the claim, Dr Thompson said: “I was contacted some time ago by a
previous cardinal ... but I don't want to talk any more about it.”
Tim Acheson, a modern-day
Templar, commented: “The professor may not want to give anything away, but
there is an important clue in his reply. The previous cardinal’ can only
refer to one man – Ratzinger.”
In Dan Brown’s best-selling
and Demons, the Illuminati takes revenge on the Vatican. Mr Acheson
speculated, “Ratzinger is on record suggesting that Freemasonry was set up
to persecute Christianity. Perhaps it is the revenge of the Templars that
the Church fears, since the origin of Freemasonry is rooted in the
persecution of the Templars by the Church.”
Before he became Pope,
Cardinal Ratzinger led the Vatican committee once known as the
‘Inquisition’. Among its roles is to consider apologies to groups persecuted
by the church.
Such groups include the
Knights Templar, a secretive Order of warrior monks who were persecuted by
King Phillip IV of France and
Pope Clement V
from October 13, 1307.
King Philip IV and Pope
The Mercury’s source also
claimed that the cardinal contacted Herts County Council's environmental
records officer, Alison Tinneswood.
Ms Tinneswood would not
comment this week and, seeking refuge in the “Data Protection Act”, a Herts
County. Council spokesman refused to confirm or deny that a member of staff
had been contacted by the Vatican.
A press officer for the
Holy See pledged to look into the matter.
Mr Acheson observes an
ironic historical connection between the Templars and the name new Pope.
He added, cryptically: “The
pontiff chose Benedict as his papal title, a name with special significance
for the Knights Templar. The Rule of the Templars, which is like a code of
conduct for the Order, was originally known as the Rule of Benedict.”
Hertfordshire Mercury, “Pope’s
probe into Hertford’s Templars”, page 25, 29 April 2005.