The Italian chapter of the Knights Templar has written to Pope Benedict XVI demanding that he apologize for the unlawful suppression of the Order and the burning of Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay. The action by the chapter was reported by the Daily Telegraph and Catholic Culture. De Molay was burnt before Notre Dame in the year 1314 and although the French king was seen as the prime instigator behind the tortures and executions of Templar leaders, Pope Clement V was the man who sanctified it. He also ordered other kingdoms to follow the example of France. The pope may have been under tremendous pressure from the French king but today’s Templars think that’s no excuse to let the Vatican off the hook.