One of the interesting features of the Templar’s was their emphasis on discretion. From their founding to liquidation, they never compromised on their need for secrecy. If they were truly devoted to the Catholic Church, there was no need for secrecy, as all of Europe came under the sovereignty of the Papacy.
If they were merely following the true Christian teaching, then they had nothing to hide, and no need for secrecy.
Then why did they adopt secrecy as a fundamental principle of the order, unless they were engaged in activities which were alien to the beliefs of the Church?
Discipline within the order, was based on a chain of command. If anything be commanded by a Master, it should be done without question, as if it were a command from God.
The Templar’s were not allowed personal possessions, and all property belonged to the order, upon their acceptance as a member of the order. They had their own dress code; a white mantle emblazoned with a red cross, over their armour. The symbol of the Red Cross was assigned to the order by Pope Eugene III, he who had been tutored by St.Bernard of Clairvaux.
Three classes of Templars existed: Knights – Warriors – Servants
- Marriage was prohibited.
- Correspondence with relatives forbidden.
- No private life.
According to the Knights Templar seal, it depicts two knights on a single horse. They travelled in pairs, sharing everything even to the point of eating from the same bowl, and addressed each other as “my brother.”
On one hand they were there to offer protection to pilgrims in the Holy Land, and some of their number, learnt much from the Jews and Arabs; sciences of geometry and mathematics, which can be seen in their buildings. They learnt about navigation and were given maps enabling them to navigate European and African coastlines.