ICRD Templar Update

This article is very much worth the read. The ICRD (International Center for Religion & Diplomacy) is truly one of our most valued and internationally recognized cooperative NGO’s with OSMTH on the world scene. Both Chev. Dr. Johnston, President of ICRD, and The Rev. Chev. Canon Brian Cox, Senior Vice President of ICRD, are exceptional world leaders in faith based diplomacy. In fact, Canon Cox delivered a number of key presentations at the recent GPUSA annual C&I. It was also he that asked OSMTH to host the Copenhagen-Syrian Conference hosted by GP Denmark about 70 days ago which was attend by many to include Princess Elizabeth, Ennio Senese, Duke Alexander zu Mecklenburg, Tom Curtis (GPUSA), Lars Karstensen (GP Denmark) plus a number of Knights and Dames from Denmark.

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The Gift of American Power

May 14, 2014 | 0801 GMT
Stratfor (via Grand Master Pat Rea)
By Robert D. Kaplan

Despite the East-West territorial clash over the buffer state of Ukraine, despite the sanguinary battles for patches of ground across the swath of the Middle East -- in Libya, Yemen, Syria and Iraq -- and despite the zero-sum territorial conflicts throughout maritime East Asia, the myth persists of a world benignly ruled by multilateral institutions and agreements, by international financial markets that have all escaped geopolitics, and by the geography on which it is based. Such thinking obviously contains a large measure of truth, but taken too far it creates the dangerous illusion of inexorable progress that is willfully blind to dangers ahead. While geography tells many stories, often contradictory, and can be overcome by human agency -- especially in the form of brave and moral leadership -- a belief in the inevitability of progress is dangerously deterministic. It was such deterministic optimism that made the civilized world less prepared for the two world wars in the 20th century.

As long as the world is ruled by imperfect men and women -- some of whom will be evil, some of whom will be naive and some of whom will be competent yet unable to avoid disputes with other competent leaders whose self-interests and national interests are simply different -- conflict will dominate international relations. And as long as human beings live on this earth they will have disputes over territory that, no matter how bleak or water-starved or lacking in other resources, constitutes holy ground fundamental to their group identity.

This situation will be aggravated by the world population increasing from 7 billion to more than 9 billion by 2050, according to the latest U.N. projections. Most of this increase will occur in the poorest and least stable countries -- those already prone to war. Geography is about to become more precious than ever. Meanwhile, communications technology will make geopolitics increasingly claustrophobic, as events in one part of the world can affect those in another as never before. Interlocking, catalytic conflict rooted in geography is about to define the 21st century. To wit, Europe lacks the will to enforce meaningful sanctions against Russia because it is too dependent on Russia's webwork of natural gas pipelines -- a fact of geography if ever there was one. This leads to a perception of weakness on the part of the West that can only encourage the Chinese to be even more provocative in pressing territorial claims in the South and East China seas. The Japanese, who contest territory in the East China Sea with China, have specifically warned of the danger that the Western response to Crimea poses to them.

Meanwhile, the collapse of distance wrought by advances in military technology has brought China and India into a strategic competition that has no precedent in their collective histories: Indian space satellites spy on Chinese airfields; Chinese fighter jets have the capability to incorporate India into their arc of operations; Indian missiles can target Chinese cities and Chinese warships are present in the Indian Ocean. The world has shrunk, in other words, even as vast and poverty-wracked cities expand, and group identity -- whether tribal in Africa, sectarian in the Middle East or ethnic and nationalistic in East Asia -- has been dangerously reconstructed by the Internet and other technologies into the most exclusivist, inflexible forms.

But what about all those new global and regional institutions and organizations, to say nothing about the growth and opportunity that has come from financial markets? Aren't they the other, more positive half of reality? They are. But then the question arises: Why have they been able to come into being in the first place? What ultimately undergirds them? The answer is one that many members of the global political and financial aristocracy do not want to hear: raw American power.

Because the American economy is the world's largest, and because the American people have over the course of the decades agreed to employ that prosperity in service to an immense military armature across the globe, stability, such as it exists, and a new and unprecedented global civilization have been able to emerge. Take away that raw American power -- which is first and foremost a geopolitical phenomenon -- and the escape from geopolitics that many proclaim suddenly evaporates.

It is the various U.S. Navy fleets and numbered air forces that are the ultimate guarantor of stability in the key theaters of the globe. The U.S. Seventh Fleet, because it can easily defeat any rival, keeps the peace of East Asia. The spectacular Asian economic boom that commenced in the late Cold War decades is simply impossible to even imagine without the security provided by the U.S. military. Take away the Seventh Fleet and the chances of China and Japan going to war increase dramatically, roiling financial markets in the process. It is the Seventh Fleet that still stands in the way of China being able to Finlandize South Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Wide stretches of the Middle East may be in chaos or semi-chaos, but it is U.S. air and sea power that helps prevent a Persian Gulf war between Iran and Saudi Arabia and provides ultimately for the security of Israel and Jordan. As for Europe, without U.S. military power Russia is more dominant than the European Union on the Continent, and the independence of the Baltic states, Poland and Romania is crushed or dramatically diluted. Geography certainly matters, and Europe's freedom survives best because of the geographical breadth of the U.S. military.

The United States is not a traditional empire because it has no colonies, but its military -- and the diplomatic power that accompanies it -- is deployed in an imperial-like fashion worldwide. The U.S. Navy calls itself a global force for good. That claim would pass the most stringent editorial fact-checking process. Without that very naked American ambition, which allows the Navy and the Air Force to patrol the global commons, the world is reduced to the sum of its parts: a Japan and China, and a China and India, dangerously at odds and on the brink of war; a Middle East in far wider war and chaos; a Europe neutralized and emasculated by Russian Revanchism; and an Africa in even greater disarray. It is not that regional powers cannot act rationally on their own; it is only that without a global hegemon of sorts, local balance-of-power interactions become more fraught with risk and are, therefore, more dangerous.

The 1914 scenario that many proclaim for both Europe and East Asia would become much more than journalistic hype absent American military preponderance. The spread of democracy that many celebrate would be impossible to imagine without the American military's global footprint since, if you project your power, your values will often follow behind you.

It is true that the early 21st century is different from the 20th and 19th centuries. It is different not so much because of a change in human nature, or because of postmodern technology, or because of the disappearance of geopolitics. To the contrary, it is different because the United States, with all of its limitations and all of its mistakes, remains geopolitically dominant.

Great powers are rarely appreciated in their own time, for the benevolent order they spread goes unacknowledged by those who benefit most from what they provide. Global -- and the system of legal norms that arises from it -- survives to a significant extent because the American military remains robust and widely deployed. And that, in turn, is not a situation that is necessarily permanent, or one that can ever be taken for granted.

Prayer from OSMTH for the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria

New York, United States of America and Geneva, Switzerland, May 11 2014

Chev. Venerable Ron Matthewman, Vicar General of OSMTH., led OSMTH’s 21 member Grand Priories in a prayer for the kidnapping victims and their families.

Eternal Lord God, Creator and Redeemer of all, we pray to you with heavy hearts for all people whose lives are affected by acts of terrorism, war, crime and disaster. Especially we pray for the girls of Nigeria stolen from their school and homes by enemies of our humanity. We pray for their quick and safe release; for their families, friends and people of the world caught up in this attack which touches all of us.

We pray for those who performed these violent terrorist attacks, that their hearts and minds of stone may become hearts of love and concern.

Lord God, we pray for ourselves sorely affected in heart and mind by the Inhumanity of others.

Help us all to live together in peace and love one for another.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour and Redeemer whose will it is that we should live in peace and harmony with each other. Amen.

OSMTH works with and through other Chivalric Orders, the senior leadership of different nations, and with other Non-Governmental Organizations [NGO] in order to provide humanitarian aid and other involvement in resolution of serious humanitarian needs or conflict.

Statement from OSMTH on the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria.

New York, United States of America and Geneva, Switzerland, May 9 2014

Brigadier General Patrick Rea, the Grand Master of OSMTH, speaking on behalf of OSMTH’s 23 member nations expressed our deepest concern that the kidnapped children be returned to their parents unharmed. Col Dr Marcel de Picciotto, Grand Commander of OSMTH and chief of Mission at the United Nations in Geneva, indicated that “as Christians, and as human beings with a devotion to Peace and understanding and bridge building, we deeply sympathize with the deep grief and worry that the parents of these children feel and we will remain actively engaged in this resolution of this issue through our ongoing dialogue with the United Nations, the leaders of Nations, Interfaith organizations and other NGOs.”

OSMTH works with and through other Chivalric Orders, the senior leadership of different nations, and with other Non-Governmental Organizations [NGO] in order to provide humanitarian aid and other involvement in resolution of serious humanitarian needs or conflict.

Yes, He Has Risen!!

Chaplain-General, The Rt. Rev. Munib A. Younan, Bishop from Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land provides a wonderful Easter Message. For members of OSMTH and all peoples interested in Peace and progress in the Middle East this message is just exceptional.

Our prayers are with you and all the Sons of Abraham as we join together in the Risen Christ for peace and justice in the Middle East and world.

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President Josipovic received a delegation of the Templar Order


11 April 2014, Zagreb, Croatia - Croatian President Ivo Josipovic received a delegation of dignitaries of the Templar order OSMTH who participate in Zagreb at the international meeting of the Grand Council of the Order of the Main, and brought together senior representatives of the Order from more than 20 countries worldwide.

In an interview with representatives of the Order of the President met with the rich history of the Order and the forms of their functioning in the world today. They informed the President about their efforts and commitment to international peace and humanitarian activities of the Order, and the promotion of intercultural and inter-religious ties as well as human rights.

Grand Master of the Order, General Patrick Rea said the Croatian contribution in spreading understanding and cooperation among nations, which is the primary objective of the Order. Josipovic stressed the importance of building bridges of peace between peoples and cultures and wished them success in their future work.

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Office of the President / photographer:Tomislav Bušljeta


Wonderful News

Wonderful News From the CONGO General Assembly in New York (Conference of Non-Government Organizations Consultative Relationship with the United Nations)

Dear Grand Commander,

It is with joy and pleasure that I am joined by our two Deputy Chairs, Lt. Col. Chev. Robert Bateman and Chev. Randy Tietz, as well as the OSMTH entire delegation to the recently completed CONGO General Assembly at the UN in New York to report OSMTH was elected to the governing Board for CONGO for the next three years.

There are 20 members on the Board to include the President, Vice Presidents and Treasurer. The Board manages the CONGO between meetings of the General Assembly. The Board meets annually at least once in New York, Geneva and Vienna. This is an extraordinary honor and responsibility. Allow me to suggest that we owe thanks to our UN delegations in New York, Geneva and Vienna and the excellent reputations they have developed over many years which resulted in OSMTH polling in the top five of the 20 elected Board candidates. Our fellow international NGOs clearly respect the OSMTH delegates with our Chiefs of Mission: Lt. Colonel Robert Bateman in New York; Baron Wolfgang Odelga in Vienna; and Dr. Marcel de Picciotto in Geneva.

Grand Commander this is yet another world class success during your early months of Office and the hard work of your predecessors serve as a solid foundation for the 2014 exciting accomplishments in Jordan, the Philippines, Denmark and the CONGO General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.

I trust this news can be swiftly sent to the GMC and the Committee Chairs, Legates and leaders of OSMTH. This message is sent as the Chair of the OSMTH Delegation for the 2014 CONGO General Assembly held at the UN site in New York, April 2-4, 2014.

Patrick E Rea
Brigadier General US Army (Ret)
Grand Master Knights Templar International

Grand Priory of Romania Excluded

Zagreb, Croatia-By Resolution confirming the exclusion of Grand Priory of Romania "Ordinul Cavalerii Romaniei" from OSMTH effective April 10, 2014. Upon motion being made for the Exclusion of the Grand Priory of Romania from OSMTH and after appropriate discussion and deliberation this resolution was confirmed:

WHEREAS, Pursuant to the Rules of the Order, if a Grand Priory “fails to pay its obligations for two consecutive years or fails to file the yearly status report with all required annexes, it will be automatically excluded from the Order. A member that has been excluded or suspended may petition for readmission to the Order as if it were a new member"; and

WHEREAS, the Grand Priory of Romania has not paid its oblations for 2013 and for 2014; and has failed to file a report for 2012 and 2013; and

WHEREAS, the deadline for filing a current report for 2013 and paying oblations for 2014 was March 31, 2014; and the Grand Priory of Romania has continued to fail to pay oblations or file a report,

(1) The Grand Priory of Romania is hereby excluded from the Order, pursuant to Section 5.3 of the Rules of the Order; subject to Section 9.6 of the Rules, whereby a Member that has been excluded from the Order may reapply as if it were a new Member at the next Grand Magistral Council meeting following its exclusion.
(2) Any and all licenses and permissions to the former Grand Priory of Romania to use the OSMTH registered name and marks, and any reference to membership or affiliation, as stated in the OSMTH Licensing agreement signed by GP Romania upon its affiliation to the Order, are hereby withdrawn in accordance the Rules of the Order.
(3) Individual knights and dames duly invested into the Order prior to the exclusion of the Grand Priory of Romania may retain individual affiliation as members of the Order by submitting individual personal applications to the OSMTH Grand Priory that is designated as mentor for a new OSMTH entity in Romania, and subject to approval by such mentor Grand Priory.

Welcome to Grand Priory of Brazil

Zagreb, Croatia-By Resolution, OSMTH now recognizes the Grand Priory of Brazil as a full member effective April 10, 2014. The new Grand Priory was mentored by the Grand Priory of Mexico. Here is a copy of the resolution: 

WHEREAS, OSMTH appoints mentor Grand Priories to assist new entities with admission to the Order; and

WHEREAS, the Deputy Grand Commander is responsible for managing mentorships and has developed policies and procedures to assist an entity, through its mentor, to become a Member of OSMTH; and

WHEREAS, the OSMTH Grand Priory of Mexico has been designated as mentor for Brazil; and

WHEREAS, Brazil has been recognized as a Priory affiliated with OSMTH through the mentor-ship of Grand Priory Mexico; and

WHEREAS, Brazil has a Templar structure with a sufficient number of members and is carrying out activities that support the aims of the OSMTH; and

WHEREAS, Brazil has agreed to adhere to the rules and rituals of GP Mexico and to the Statutes and Rules of OSMTH; and

WHEREAS, Brazil has petitioned to be recognized as a Grand Priory and full Member of OSMTH; and

WHEREAS, the Grand Priory of Mexico supports the petition;

WHEREAS, the Deputy Grand Commander's office has vetted the petition and found it compliant on all matters with the current rules of the mentorship program,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The Priory of Brazil is hereby recognized as a Grand Priory and full member of OSMTH. The Official document of recognition will be established by the Deputy Grand Commander and presented to the new Grand Prior of Brazil.

OSMTH Elected to CoNGO Board

Zagreb, Croatia-Grand Commander Col. Dr. Marcel de Picciotto is proud to announce that OSMTH was elected as a board member of CoNGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations) this last weekend.

OSMTH will join other NGOs such as Nurses Without Borders, World Council of Churches and Goodwill International in carrying out the vision of CoNGO which is to be the primary support and platform for a civil society represented by a global community of informed, empowered and committed NGOs that fully participate with the UN in decision-making and programs leading to a better world, a world of economic and social justice.

OSMTH’s raison d’etre is expressed through the Brussels Declaration: “Aiding humanity on the pilgrimage through life.”
Vision and Commitment
  • Christian Ethos, Spirituality and Chivalric Values.
  • Domestic Charity and International Humanitarian Aid
  • Human Rights and the respect for Human Diversity
  • Interfaith Dialogue and Bridge-Building
  • Provide humanitarian aid to Christians and all peoples in need around the world, through physical, financial, and moral support.
  • Continue programmes that aid Christians around the world, especially in the Holy Land.
  • Promote a dialogue based on the principles of peace and justice amongst and between the faiths of the Sons of Abraham and the other great religions of the world, to establish better understanding and greater tolerance.
  • Mitigate human suffering by actively participating in activities associated with disaster relief, humanitarian aid, human rights, peace building and sustainable development, and the respect of human diversity.
  • Facilitate, mediate and advocate conflict-prevention and resolution by providing subject matter experts and supporting organizations in the fields of religious and international diplomacy.
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