On the Poor Knights of Christ's Standing in the Catholic Church

Are you in union with the Pope?


Yes, we are erected lawfully as a private association of the lay faithful under the canon law. Our Rule, and Constitutions have canonical approval, and Knights also receive certain plenary indulgences granted by the Pope at certain times in their lives and during the liturgical year. Proof of all of this is available in the Our Holy Rule and Documents section on this website.




Are you a third order?


No, we are not a third order. A third order is a group of individuals attached unto a principle institute and live out a spirituality with the assistance of the first order. Examples of this are 3rd Order Franciscans or 3rd Order Carmelites. Knights are self governing, and are the principle institute. We have a second order referred to as Dames and those individuals who wish to follow our spirituality but not live under obedience, or under the discipline of the Rule and constitutions are free to petition to become Oblates, which is like our 3rd order.




Are you considered Religious?


No, we are not.




What Canons are you instituted under?


We are erected under can. 299 and 321-326 C.I.C. and of nn. 26 and 27 of the Pastoral Note The Lay Associations in the Church, of the Episcopal Commission for the Laity of the C.E.I. dated the 23rd of April 1993.




Is this an order of Papal Knighthood?


No it is not, we have received certain blessings from the Holy See in therms of indulgences but we are not a papal order of Knighthood.




Are you the direct descendants of the Knights Templar?


No, we are not. The Ancient order of the temple was suppressed at the Council of Vienne in 1312. Any group that claims to be descendants of the ancient order are not telling the truth. The Poor Knights of Christ are the only group that follows a rule of life based off the ancient rule of the Knights Templar who have juridical standing within the Catholic Church.




When and where were you erected?


The Militia of the Temple was civilly recognized on September 21st, 1979 by Decree n. 613 of the President of the Regional Council of Tuscany. Later, it was canonically erected on September 8th, 1988 with Decree n. 24 of the Archbishop Metropolitan of Siena - Colle di Val d'Elsa - Montalcino.





On Admission to the Poor Knights of Christ as a Candidate for Knighthood

Are you in union with the Pope?


Yes, we are erected lawfully as a private association of the lay faithful under the canon law. Our Rule, and Constitutions have canonical approval, and Knights also receive certain plenary indulgences granted by the Pope at certain times in their lives and during the liturgical year. Proof of all of this is available in the Our Holy Rule and Documents section on this website.




Are you a third order?


No, we are not a third order. A third order is a group of individuals attached unto a principle institute and live out a spirituality with the assistance of the first order. Examples of this are 3rd Order Franciscans or 3rd Order Carmelites. Knights are self governing, and are the principle institute. We have a second order referred to as Dames and those individuals who wish to follow our spirituality but not live under obedience, or under the discipline of the Rule and constitutions are free to petition to become Oblates, which is like our 3rd order.




Are you considered Religious?


No, we are not.




What Canons are you instituted under?


We are erected under can. 299 and 321-326 C.I.C. and of nn. 26 and 27 of the Pastoral Note The Lay Associations in the Church, of the Episcopal Commission for the Laity of the C.E.I. dated the 23rd of April 1993.




Is this an order of Papal Knighthood?


No it is not, we have received certain blessings from the Holy See in therms of indulgences but we are not a papal order of Knighthood.




Are you the direct descendants of the Knights Templar?


No, we are not. The Ancient order of the temple was suppressed at the Council of Vienne in 1312. Any group that claims to be descendants of the ancient order are not telling the truth. The Poor Knights of Christ are the only group that follows a rule of life based off the ancient rule of the Knights Templar who have juridical standing within the Catholic Church.




When and where were you erected?


The Militia of the Temple was civilly recognized on September 21st, 1979 by Decree n. 613 of the President of the Regional Council of Tuscany. Later, it was canonically erected on September 8th, 1988 with Decree n. 24 of the Archbishop Metropolitan of Siena - Colle di Val d'Elsa - Montalcino.