This app contains an English translation of the "Omne Datum Optimum", an 1139 AD Papal bull or edict regarding the Knights Templar. Issued by Pope Innocent II, the edict describes the Catholic Church's original endorsement and approval of the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, otherwise known as the Knights Templar. The Pope grants Papal protection over the Order, as well as generous exemptions from tithes and taxes, along with other unusual privileges, such as allowing for the Order to build its own churches on Templar properties. Such rights and privileges were a precursor to the Templars becoming one of the most powerful and wealthy organizations in Europe and beyond. "Omne Datum Optimum" is Latin for "Every Perfect Gift", from James 1:17 - "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." Translated into English from the original Latin source document. Fascinating for anyone studying Medieval history, Papal history, Catholic Church history, the Knights Templar, or the Freemasons!
Who were the Knights Templar?
Also known as the Order of Solomon's Temple, the Knights Templar were a Catholic military order founded in 1119 AD and active until about 1312. Their original stated purpose was to protect Christian travelers from danger while on pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Levant. Their warriors were also amongst the most highly-skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Rumors of secret initiation ceremonies and heretical practices, as well as envy over their vast financial empire, eventually helped to bring about their downfall and dissolution. Some researchers theorize that the surviving members of the Knights Templar eventually gave rise to modern Freemasonry.
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