Putting on the brakes a bit now...
The 1907 Catholic Encyclopedia had provided content exonerating the Templars from various scandalous charges:
"The second disadvantage of this secrecy was, that it gave an opportunity to the enemies of the Templars, and they were numerous, to infer from this mystery every conceivable malicious supposition and base on it the monstrous imputations. The Templars were accused of spitting upon the Cross
, of denying Christ
, of permitting sodomy, of worshipping an idol
, all in the most impenetrable secrecy. Such were the Middle Ages
, when prejudice was so vehement that, to destroy an adversary, men did not recoil from inventing the most criminal charges. It will suffice to recall the similar, but even more ridiculous than ignominious accusations brought against Pope Boniface VIII
by the same Philip the Fair
I was persuaded by this.
However, the Chinon Parchment (which I only read subsequent to my post against Roscoe; previously I had relied upon references to it) which was only rediscovered in 2001 (i.e., a hundred years after the CE article) acknowledges many of the immoral acts the CE article sought to rebut.
In short, it looks like the Templars were indeed acquitted of all charges of heresy.
But it also looks like there was plenty of sacrilege and faggotry mixed in as well.
For a description of the significance of the Chinon Parchment, see here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-vatican-templars/knights-templar-win-heresy-reprieve-after-700-years-idUSL093422320071012
To read the Chinon Parchment itself, see here: https://www.theknightstemplar.org/chinon-parchment/
For the (conciliar) Vatican exoneration from heresy, see here: https://www.theknightstemplar.org/templars-innocent/
In light of all this, I will be changing my avatar soon to that of a Knight Hospitaller.