Sunday#8217;s talk was delivered by Tim Jones, a grand prior in the modern Knights Templar.
“They would answer only to the pope,” Jones said.
He wouldn’t be the last person to find his way from Portugal to Dighton.
By 1511, when Corte Real is alleged to have carved what might be his name, the date and the crosses of the Portuguese Knights of Christ on Dighton Rock, he probably didn’t have a ship anymore. It had sunk or been driven aground and he, maybe alone, maybe with other survivors, was afoot in the New World.
“The first credit card was the Knights Templar,” Jones said.
In 1129, the Catholic Church would officially recognize the order.