Rennes-le-Château Researchers & Hoaxsters
Rest In Peace
Roger-Patrice Pelat,
31 July 1918 – 7 March 1989

Roger-Patrice Pelat was the alleged Grand Master of the Priory of Sion 1985-1989

The claim that Roger-Patrice Pelat was Grand Master of the Priory of Sion was first given in a Priory circular reproduced in Les Cahiers de Rennes-le-Château, Tome IX, 1989 (“Félicitations M. Plantard!”). Pelat's name appeared on a Grand Masters List in Vaincre N° 3, September 1989, page 22, his alleged tenure of the position 1985–1989

François Mitterrand visited the village of Rennes-le-Château in March 1981

Marie-France Etchegoin
“An enquiry into the sources of ‘The Da Vinci Code’”
Le Nouvel Observateur, N° 2079 (9 September 2004)

“Plantard would pad out the legend of his Priory. So much so in fact that, in 1993, he would come face to face with his Grand Inquisitor in the form of Thierry Jean-Pierre. Plantard had inundated him with letters to inform him that the businessman Roger-Patrice Pelat, a friend of President Mitterrand and the man at the centre of a case being investigated by the former magistrate, had been Grandmaster of the Priory. Thierry Jean-Pierre remembers the police search of Plantard’s house and still laughs about it. ‘He was an idiot!’ The incident did however lead to articles being published in ‘Minute’ (‘Une société secrète dans l’ombre de Mitterrand’ – ‘A secret society in Mitterrand’s shadow’) [1] and ‘France Soir’ (‘L’étrange piste de la société secrète’ – ‘The strange trail of the secret society’) [2], articles that asked in all seriousness whether the Priory wasn’t being used to launder Pelat’s money!”

[1] 13 October 1993
[2] 27 October 1993

Rennes-le-Château Researchers & Hoaxsters