Yes, there really is an organization called The Knights Templar Drug Cartel. I first heard of it when the devil caught my eye in Devil wants church resigned to violence; resist him, pope says:
The devil loves Christians – especially priests and nuns – who are resigned to the violence and corruption around them, Pope Francis said.I thought it was God that loves Christians. Now it's the devil? Thank God we have a pope to keep us up to speed on these things.
Celebrating Mass Feb. 16 at a stadium in Morelia, Pope Francis repeated his frequent call to priests, religious and seminarians to get out of their churches and convents and take God’s mercy and offer of salvation to the world.But in Morelia, the geographic center of Mexico and capital of Michoacan state – a stronghold of the Knights Templar drug cartel – the pope was not talking just about traditional evangelization.
One of the first things that turned me away from the Catholic Church is how boring it is. Once again, we have the pope telling "good" Catholics that the devil is out to getcha.
Back to the Knights Templar Cartel:
Knights Templar—Guard of Michoacán (Spanish: Los Caballeros Templarios Guardia Michoacana) commonly known as the Knights Templar Cartel (Spanish: Los Caballeros Templarios) is a Mexican criminal organization composed of remnants of the defunct La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican State of Michoacán.They have an "ethical code":
The Knights Templar cartel was founded on a strict ethical code developed by La Tuta. The code is contained in a small book that is handed out to all members of the cartel and even to the public. The book is decorated with knights on horseback with lances and crosses. The 22 page book is titled "The Code of the Knights Templar of Michoacan" and contains the rules and regulations of the gang. The gang has based its rules on those of the European Knights Templar. Members swear to help the poor and helpless, fight against materialism, respect women and children, not kill for money, and not use drugs. The Knights even go as far as drug testing all members. While the cartel has moved more towards accepting criminal acts prohibited by the ethical code, breaking the code can still incur punishment by death.My brain is starting to hurt.
The original Knights Templar were active around 1119–1312 and pledged allegiance to the pope. The Templars' existence was tied closely to the Crusades.
The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici), commonly known as the Knights Templar, the Order of Solomon's Temple (French: Ordre du Temple or Templiers) or simply as Templars, were among the wealthiest and most powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were prominent actors in Christian finance. The organisation existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages.Life is much simpler not being a Catholic.
Officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church around 1129, the Order became a favoured charity throughout Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Non-combatant members of the Order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom, innovating financial techniques that were an early form of banking, and building fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land.