In news that will no doubt hearten conspiracy theorists, Dan Brown readers and opponents of the Roman Catholic Church, a group claiming to represent the Knights Templar are attempting to sue the Roman Catholic Church over their unfair treatment in the early 14th Century.
The Spanish based Association of the Sovereign Order of the Temple of Christ are demanding that Pope Benedict recognise the past wrong-doing of the Church and the fact that they were done out of quite a lot of dosh. Now I know that Pope Benedict looks pretty bloody old, but I doubt that he was a party to the suppression of this famous Holy Order. Similarly, I’m not a legal expert (except when compared to my legally trained friend), but I’m fairly sure that you can’t sue someone for actions taken around 700 years ago, even in a Spanish court.
I think that this legal action pretty much falls in the jurisdiction of ‘making shit up for publicity’ which, although a popular pastime of some people who claim to have legal degrees, does not usually end in any enforceable action. Perhaps these modern day crusaders should set their aim on something more recent and sue Dan Brown for making them unwitting accomplices in one of the past decade’s worst crimes against fiction.