In 1129 the Roman Catholic Church formally approved the Order of Templars at the Council of Troyes.
By 1129, the Order of Templars had been around for at least a few years. While created as a monastic order, the Order included some married men. Knights created the Order to protect people on pilgrimages. While the council approved the Order they issued a few rules that the members had to follow. The rules dealt with membership, dress, and conduct. The order still exists in some form today.