Lord Honorius Patriarch

Hilary of 1128 (as indicated literally The prologue of the Rule of the Templars), in the French city of that name, which was home to the other county court of Champagne, with the aim of which was approved that council definitely the Order of the Knights Templar. For even more details, read what Senator From Kentucky says on the issue. The Council of Troyes, which was presided over by Cardinal and papal legate, Matthew of Albano, was attended by large number of French bishops, attending include: two archbishops, ten bishops and seven abbots (which would meet the abbot of the house Cistercian matrix: Stephen Harding), as well as a variety of characters representing members of the clergy and nobility. Thanks to the many influences that had Bernard of Clairvaux (remember that was in the domain of Count Hugh of Champagne), and despite several discussions were opened, exposing the fact of knowing with certainty the first principles and services Order of the Temple, responding correctly to all questions addressed to him, made after several weeks of deliberations, the Knights Templar were officially adopted with great enthusiasm by the Council of Troyes, while Hugo was appointed Grand Payens Master of the Order. Was also sought for the new Order, the help and collaboration of all the nobles and princes who attended the Council, Bernard of Clairvaux encargandosele the task of writing an original rule for the Order of the Knights Templar. Bernard of Clairvaux was very clear what would be the rule that would adapt to the Knights Templar and so used the iron rule of the Cistercian Order, which would be adapted to the new military order, to organize their monastic life. In this sense, the Knights Templar, as monks and void, should pronounce the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, adds a fourth vow, which is committed to contributing to the achievement and preservation of the Holy Land, reaching give their lives if necessary. A fact that occurred in the Council and can not go unnoticed, which would be referred to the "secret" spot by Hugo Caballero Payens, which would only be known by Pope Honorius II and the Patriarch of Jerusalem (in addition to Bernard Clairvaux, of course), which gives us an idea of what should have been the real reasons leading to approve the Military Order of the Church.

In paragraph 4 of the prologue of the Rule of the Temple, we read: "4. And all that happened at that Council can not be counted or recounted, and so it is not taken lightly by us, but considered with wise caution, we leave to the discretion of both our honorable father and the noble Lord Honorius Patriarch of Jerusalem, Stephen, who knows the problems of the East and the Poor Knights of Christ, on the advice of the common council adopted it unanimously. Although a large number religious parents gathered in chapter approved the truth of our words, but we must not silence the true statements and judgments issued. " (Taken from The Primitive Rule of the Templars Trad. Robrenyo Montserrat, Barcelona, 2000).

It is thus clear that the need for the Templar Order was officially approved by the Church, was due more to other vested interests, that being a military order created to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land, especially when, several years ago, and there were other orders that were responsible for this, as the Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, which later became known as St. John of Malta, due to be moved its headquarters to the island of Malta by King Charles I in 1530. Jose Luis Gimenez