11 August 2008

Holy Misfile.

Normally, misfiles in religious affairs are the stuff of comics, but every once in a while there is a real one. Last October, the Vatican

released copies of parchments recording the trials of the Knights [Templar] between 1307 and 1312.

The papers lay hidden for more than three centuries having been "misfiled" within papal archives until they were discovered by an academic in 2001.

The resulting lawsuit against the Pope by alleged heirs to the Knights Templar are like dead on arrival on account of sovereign immunity and statute of limitations concerns.

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