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Thread #27353   Message #336159
Posted By: paddymac
07-Nov-00 - 03:41 PM
Thread Name: BS: Paganism: an exploration
Subject: RE: BS: Paganism: an exploration
Your point is well made, Alex. Bald Eagle's point is valid, but a bit broadly stated. During the Albigensian Crusade (1209 or 1210), the Cathars of the Languedoc were burned and their properties confiscated by the Catholic Church. Being a popular gnostic sect, which believed you didn't need Rome (or where ever the papal contenders were at that time) to get to heaven, the "organized" church saw them as competitors and a threat. Remember too, that this was near the time when the "monarchical papacy" was in vogue. It's hard to tell how their property was split up. It appears from my readings the the real property mostly went to local warlords recruited by the church for their military capabilities. The personalty (gold, jewels, cash, and the like) probably went to the coffers of local bishoporics and religious orders. It was a time for which culpable church officials should rot in their own version of hell.