According to one blog, this particular “Templar,” Ben Acheson, is connected with a conspiracy theory site run by his twin brother Tim, or perhaps they are not twins but the same person.
Acheson listed himself as a journalist and independent researcher, writing for an online ‘conspiracy-news’ publication called The Insider. (Its onsite metatags describe it as about “Conspiracy Theory News: New World Order, Conspiracy Theories, News, Government, Secret Societies, Freemasons, Extraterrestrials, War… News and reports on serious current Conspiracy Theories, including the New World Order, Freemasons, extraterrestrials, religion, and secret societies“). A whois lookup on the Insider.org web domain shows it registered to Tim Acheson, of United Lodge, Ware (the adjoining town to Hertford). His posts evidently quoted his own Insider articles as news.
I hope the bureaucrats in the Vatican didn’t really fall for this. Anyway, nothing would surprise me.
For years now, Catholic scholars have admitted that political chicanery was involved in the surpression of the Templars. That is not to say, however, that there is any reason to admit, that the Freemasonic, new age, neopagan posers should be given any credibility on account of the rehabilitation of the historical order. Heaven knows, though, that they will.
And yes they are posers. Wikipedia has it right:
The story of the secretive yet powerful medieval Templars, especially their persecution and sudden dissolution, has been a tempting source for many other groups which use alleged connections with the Templars as a way of enhancing their own image and mystery. For instance, since at least the 1700s the Freemasons have incorporated some Templar symbols and rituals, and have a modern degree called “Order of the Knights Templar”. The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, founded in 1804, has achieved United Nations NGO status as a charitable organization.
Though there is no clear historical link between the Templars (abruptly dismantled in the early 1300s), and any of these organizations (the oldest of which only emerged in the 1700s), there is often public confusion between the two, and many overlook the 400-year gap.