The lasts prophecy of the Cathars in 1244: that the Church of Love would be proclaimed in 1986
Much has been written and speculated about the Cathars who settled in the Languedoc region in France during the eleventh century; there is no clear evidence where they came from but clues in their belief and practice point to extremely early Christian origins, and in all likelihood they spread from the Byzantine Empire to Bulgaria, and on to the Balkans and Northern Italy. Although they called themselves Christians, the Catholic Church called them Albigenses, or Cathars.
The Languedoc was famous for its high culture and the Cathar religion gained more and more supporters and devotees during the twelfth century, and by the early thirteenth century Catharism was probably the majority religion in the area, supported by the nobility as well as the common people. This was of course an anathema to the Catholic Church, as also the fact that many of their own priests defected. The Cathars presented the largest doctrinal challenge faced by the Catholic Church in the twelfth century.
The Cathars maintained a church hierarchy yet rejected any idea of priesthood or the use of church buildings. They believed in reincarnation and refused to eat meat or other animal products; they regarded men and women as equals and had no doctrinal objection to contraception, euthanasia or suicide. It follows that the Catholic Church condemned them as heretics. Following that logic, the infamous Inquisition proceeded to massacre them in their usual zealousness, wiping out every single one of them; the Cathar’s last stronghold was the fortress of Montségur which was entirely pulled down by the victorious royal forces after its capture in 1244.
I have come across their last prophecy: that the Church of Love would be proclaimed in 1986. As we have seen with many prophecies, it is difficult to put an exact date on any one of them. So 1986 in my sense can be translated into ‘any time now’!
The Cathar Prophecy of 1244 CE
It has no fabric – only understanding.
It has no membership – save those who know they belong.
It has no rivals – because it is non-competitive.
It has no ambition, because it only seeks to serve.
It knows of no boundaries for nationalisms are unloving.
It is not of itself because it seeks to enrich all groups and religions.
It acknowledges all great teachers of all the ages who have shown the truth of Love.
Those who participate, practise the Truth of Love in all their daily being.
There is no walk of life or nationality that is a barrier.
Those who are, know. It seeks not to teach but to be, and by being, enrich.
It recognises the collectivity of all humanity and that we are all one with the One.
It recognises that the way we are may be the way of those around us because we are that way.
It recognises the whole planet as a Being, of which we are a part.
It recognises that the time has come for the supreme transmutation, the ultimate alchemical act, the conscious change of the ego into a voluntary return to the whole.
It does not proclaim itself with a loud voice but in the subtle realms of loving.
It salutes all those in the past who have blazoned the path but paid the price.
It admits of no hierarchy or structure, for no one is greater than another.
Its members shall know each other by their deeds and being and their eyes and by no other outward sign, save the fraternal embrace.
Each one will dedicate his or her life to the silent loving of their neighbour and environment and the planet, whilst carrying out their daily task, however exalted or humble.
It recognises the supremacy of the great idea which may only be accomplished if the human race practices the supremacy of Love.
It has no rewards to offer, either here or in the hereafter, save that of the ineffable joy of being and loving.
Its members shall seek only to advance the cause of understanding, within whichever church, group or family they happen to be.
They shall do good by stealth and teach only by example.
They shall heal their neighbour, their community and our Planet.
They shall know no fear, and feel no shame and their witness shall prevail over all odds.
It has no secrets, no arcanum, no initiations save that of the true understanding of the power of love and that, if we want it to be so, the world will change but only if we change ourselves first.
ALL THOSE WHO BELONG, BELONG, THAT IS THE CHURCH OF LOVE
Many churches, groups and sects are impositions by the few on the many, preying on weakness.
The Church of Love is the reverse, it liberates and promotes individual strength.
Such vestigial structure as it eventually may have, must come from those who know they are a part of it.
The subject has fascinated not only historians; I have found more than 400 books have been written on the Cathars – some being rather good fiction.