In medieval times, the Knights Templar fought for Christians during the Crusades. But today, according to a new report from McClatchy newspapers, meth-peddling gangsters in Mexico have taken the Templar name.
It's an ironic twist that Roman Catholic clergy among their fiercest enemies, and are being forced to wear bullet-proof vests as a consequence.
“We ask politicians, the government and the Interior Secretariat to give people of our region clear signals that in reality they want to halt the ‘killing machine,’ ” said Bishop Miguel Patino Velazquez.
Tim Johnson of the McClatchy foreign staff has more in this report.
-- Bill Miller