The church of Rome massacred the Albigensian

As many as 60.000 Albigensian were massacred in France during a crusade from 1209 to 1229.

Cathars being expelled from Carcassonne in 1209.
Cathars being expelled from Carcassonne in 1209.

The Albigensian Crusade or Cathar Crusade (1209–1229) was a 20-year military campaign initiated by Pope Innocent III to eliminate Catharism in Languedoc, in the south of France.

Catharism (/ˈkæθərɪzəm/; from Greek: καθαροί, katharoi, “the pure”)[1] was a Christian dualist movement that thrived in some areas of Southern Europe, particularly northern Italy, northern Spain and southern France, former Occitania and Catalonia, between the 12th and 14th centuries. Cathar beliefs varied between communities because Catharism was initially taught by ascetic priests who had set few guidelines.

The skull of Saint Celia in Albi Cathedral, a city were all the Christians were massacred.
The skull of Saint Celia in Albi Cathedral, a city were all the Christians were massacred.

Roman Catholic “saint” Cecilia is know to have had an angel if Lucifer as her lover. Read more at this link.

The Albi Cathedral is built on a site of a former Chuch.
The Albi Cathedral is built on a site of a former Church, destroyed during the masscasre.

The Cathars were a direct challenge to the Catholic Church, which renounced its practices and dismissed it outright as the Church of Satan.

It is likely that we have only a partial view of their beliefs, because the writings of the Cathars were mostly destroyed because of the doctrinal threat perceived by the Papacy; much of our existing knowledge of the Cathars is derived from their opponents.

Cathars, in general, formed an anti-sacerdotal party in opposition to the Church of Rome, protesting against what they perceived to be the moral, spiritual and political corruption of the Church.

The Cathars also refused the Catholic Sacrament of the eucharist saying that it could not possibly be the body of Christ.

The doors of the church of St Mary Magdalene were broken down and the refugees dragged out and slaughtered. Reportedly, 7,000 people died there. Elsewhere in the town many more thousands were mutilated and killed. Prisoners were blinded, dragged behind horses, and used for target practice.

Arnaud-Amaury wrote to Pope Innocent III, “Today your Holiness, twenty thousand heretics were put to the sword, regardless of rank, age, or sex”.

The Inquisition was established in 1234 to uproot the remaining Cathars.[60] Operating in the south at Toulouse, Albi, Carcassonne and other towns during the whole of the 13th century, and a great part of the 14th, it succeeded in crushing Catharism as a popular movement and driving its remaining adherents underground.[60] Cathars who refused to recant were hanged, or burnt at the stake.

From May 1243 to March 1244, the Cathar fortress of Montségur was besieged by the troops of the seneschal of Carcassonne and the archbishop of Narbonne.[62] On 16 March 1244, a large and symbolically important massacre took place, where over 200 Cathar Perfects were burnt in an enormous pyre at the prat dels cremats (“field of the burned”) near the foot of the castle

Hunted by the Inquisition and deserted by the nobles of their districts, the Cathars became more and more scattered fugitives: meeting surreptitiously in forests and mountain wilds.

After several decades of harassment and re-proselytising, and perhaps even more importantly, the systematic destruction of their religious texts, the sect was exhausted and could find no more adepts. The leader of a Cathar revival in the Pyrenean foothills, Peire Autier was captured and executed in April 1310 in Toulouse.

Source: Wikipedia

Written by Ivar

25 thoughts on “The church of Rome massacred the Albigensian

  1. The Roman Catholic Church also killed the Waldenses, another bible-believing, salvation by grace through faith-alone community. Funny when it requires all these steps/rituals to be saved. I think the apostle Paul said that is a false gospel, and that THEY were Anathema! (Gal. 1:8-9)

  2. Good article Ivar! I have heard people, even a person who is a relative claim to have had a demon who tried to have sex with them. Is it not true that in the last days before Jesus comes back that is what there would be these sightings of demons, possessions, crazy people talking with demons, etc., (I know of many in such an apartment complex, and have heard from people who work for the police dept) as it was when Jesus was crucified for the sin of the world. Reminds me of Genesis 6. Those angels are locked up right now. Jude 6. There is still 1/3 of the demons who chose to follow Satan. The tribulation period is going to be so frightening, something that has never happened or will again-

  3. There are many books that document Roman Catholic persecution of Christians. “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs”, “Martyr’s Mirror” and “The Horrors of The Church and its Holy Inquisition” are three that can be read online or downloaded.

    Joh 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

    That verse was fulfilled by the Catholic church and Islam during past centuries and is still being fulfilled by Islam today. No wonder Jonathan Edwards was moved to say that the two great works of the devil were Catholicism and Islam.

  4. That verse was fulfilled first by the powerful Jewish religious system that dragged them out of the synagogues and had them stoned. When Jesus spoke those words he had the Jewish religious system in mind. The same one that sent him to be crucified.

    1. Hi Todd,

      A lot of people have fulfilled, and in the future, will fulfill that verse. The Pharisees were doing it even before Jesus spoke the words.

      Joh 9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

  5. The Jewish religious system of they day was threatened by Jesus and after he was put to death by them they were threaten by his followers and the gospel. They tried to stop it through persecution but could not.the gospel spread and more and more disciples were made. The gates of hell will not prevail. Many have tried to stop the advancement of the gospel and or Christianity. In so doing it advances

  6. Hi Dave,
    Yes by the time of the event in 9:22 Jesus had established his ministry and the Pharisees were plotting and conspiring to kill him. They obviously were threatening anyone who believed in or was confessing him would be put out of the synagogue, which would have been a disgrace and shameful. But the Pharisees actions were a result of Jesus’s claims. If Jesus had not been in the picture the Pharisees would not be a threat. In 16:2 Jesus was speaking to his twelve. He knew that their biggest threat and enemy would be Pharisees and or any of the religious leaders. That’s why he told them what he told them. The disciples preached Christ crucified in the synagogues and they were confronted harshly by the religious leaders. The gospel,good news, Christ crucified was a stumbling block for them. The religious leaders, ie Judaizers were enemies of the cross and Christ. They were the initiators of persecution and with their power they were able to get Rome to do the dirty work. When Jesus used the word synagogue he meant synagogue. How many followers of Christ today are drug out of synagogues. That prophecy was for the disciples and for that generations. Christ followers do not meet in synagogues today. The gospel is not preached in synagogues either today.
    At least none that I know of. So their are none of Christ followers
    That are being drug out of synagogues. Jesus said that we his followers and people would be hated because the world hates him.
    His admonishment to us is to endure the worlds hate. Consider any persecution that we face on account of him is fellowship with him
    And will be rewarded.

    1. Dear Todd

      Shalom, and love in Jesus.

      You wrote:

      How many followers of Christ today are drug out of synagogues.

      My reply:

      Replacement theology is antisemitic by nature, and a fruit of Satan. False Christians do not recognize the synagogues as a house of God, but only a “Church” as this word has been defined by Rome.

      Messianic Jews all over the World gather in synagogues. They believe Yeshua is the Messiah, and they practice Messianic Judaism. Jewish believers in the Messiah are today dragged out of Orthodox Jewish synagogues, if they preach that Yeshua is the Messiah. Just like the Messiah predicted. Just like it was in the first century A.D.

      “Christians” at large have never visited a synagogue. They do not recognize the people of Israel as the chosen people of God. Fakes of different kinds are disconnected from 2/3 of the Bible, and live in deeply rooted deception. The worst deceptions of them all, it to follow a copy-cat Messiah. Matthew 7:21-23.

      Matthew 7:14
      But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

      1. Hello Ivar
        Peace and blessing to you.
        Forgive me for not thinking of those who call themselves Messianic Jews. I can accept that they would worship in a synagogue and certainly would face some kind of persecution if they spoke the gospel there. The community I lived in previously
        Had one synagogue and a small community of Jewish attended there. There were also a very small community of messianic believers. They had their own place in which they worshipped.
        It was near the synagogue of the Jewish community. They did not worship together. They messianic congregation was not welcome at the synagogue. I know this because I had to provide a service to the messianic bldg once and got to know a leader there and we would talk about things. Where I love now their is only one synagogue and again only a small community of Jewish attend. I only know a couple of Jewish believers and they attend a Baptist church. Their could be more, I just don’t know.
        My point is this, typically believers do not attend synagogues. Therefore they are not persecuted by the synagogue. When Jesus said those words he knew that some his apostles would preach the gospel in synagogues and they would be persecuted
        For it. The synagogue today is still anti Christ because the synagogue does not believe that Jesus is the son and he and the father are one. If a none believer who is seeking Attends a synagogue he will learn that righteousness he needs comes to him by following the law and Talmud. He will not hear the gospel which has the power to save him. He also will not find it in a mosque but in a gospel preaching church he will hear the good news that can save.

      2. Dear Todd


        You wrote:

        The synagogue today is still anti Christ because the synagogue does not believe that Jesus is the son and he and the father are one.

        My comment:

        You will be surprised that many non-believing Jews are more open to the true Messiah, than many “Christians”. Many “Christians” can not accept a Messiah that has restored Israel, and made her survive nine wars against the pagans in the Middle East. A Messiah that will take all nations into Judgment on the mountains of Zion, because they divided God’s land and returned it back to evil and wicked people.

        Many Jews also have problems with the confusion that exist in regards to this man “Jesus”, even inside churches and fellowships. Many Jews are uneasy with many ivews on who this “roman oppressor” is. A man who’s followers have killed and persecuted Orthodox Jews through the ages. Who’s followers have forced Jews to convert and be baptized. A man who’s followers have changed the center of the World from Jerusalem to Rome.

        Can we blame many Jews not being able, nor willing, to accept the multitudes of copy-cats that has been moving around? Even inside claimed to be Churches?

        But what we know, is that when the hearts of the gentiles turns cold and lukewarm, the Jewish heart will turn soft and open up. At the end of the age, a miracle based on pure grace will take place. The lost people of Israel will be saved by the incoming and returning Messiah.

  7. What about the churches. I have fled them, (because of various reasons-mostly false teaching, and wrong behavior) but if I would have stayed they would have eventually threw me out! Do you think the time will come Ivar that born again Christians will be thrown out because we follow God’s word and not the teachings of men?

    1. Dear Nannette

      Shalom, and love in Jesus.

      I have not been thrown out of any Church, yet. But my teaching and viewpoints are marginalized, and fewer people are willing to listen.

      During the last 5 years, I have been permitted to preach in more than 50 different churches and fellowships, most of them in Norway.

      What I see, is that most Churches now are a mix of people, with lot of different doctrines being taught. Controversial topics are avoided. It is a mess, and it is not solvable. I am not going to leave, but try to remain light and salt in the place were Jesus has placed me at any given time.

    1. Dear Denmark speaking.


      I feel that we have to acknowledge the gap between Mission and Church. When I enter the pulpit, I always hope that people will listen to my message. I am on a mission, to preach the need of submission to the Word of God.

      Mission is to try to get into dialogue with people who do not share my faith. There are more and more of such people, inside claimed to be Churches.

      Church is supposed to be a group of people who share the same faith, and have decided to work together. There are many “Churches”, where I will have to decline an offer to become a member. Most of them promoters of replacement theology, or filled with liberals who do not have the Bible as their highest authority in all matters related to faith.

  8. The churches are suppose to be for believer’s. Not unbeliever’s. The homosexual agenda is coming to do more destruction than people realize. They will come to the clergy ask to get married if the church refuses they could be shut down-and that is the goal of these evil people. A day may be coming when the believers will have to meet the way they did at the beginning in house churches, because at the beginning they were thrown out of the synagogues, so I believe this will happen. The Apostate churches of course will still operate because those are the ones that will be part of the One World Religious System who will choose anti-christ. Ivar, you may not be welcome at some point, I sure hope people will listen to your message before it is too late. They need to know they are sinners in need of a Savior! Shalom brother Ivar

  9. Praying here that some Roman Catholics will consider the attack on the Pope is genuine and needs to be considered. My bet is most Roman Catholics will dismiss the truth as just an attack by Satan. Jesus said a bad tree can not produce good fruit. How many thousands has the Pope had killed as he stood by but encouraged their death? Here is a poem by John Milton the Pope banned for reading…no doubt trying to stay robed in sheep’s clothing afraid he would be exposed as a true wolf that he was:

    By John Milton 1608–1674 John Milton
    Avenge, O Lord, thy slaughter’d saints, whose bones
           Lie scatter’d on the Alpine mountains cold,
           Ev’n them who kept thy truth so pure of old,
           When all our fathers worshipp’d stocks and stones;
    Forget not: in thy book record their groans
           Who were thy sheep and in their ancient fold
           Slain by the bloody Piemontese that roll’d
           Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans
    The vales redoubl’d to the hills, and they
           To Heav’n. Their martyr’d blood and ashes sow
           O’er all th’ Italian fields where still doth sway
    The triple tyrant; that from these may grow
           A hundred-fold, who having learnt thy way
    Early may fly the Babylonian woe.

  10. Yes, but ONE THING I think is wrong !

    It is when you keep calling that Roman religion “a church”


    And to call that religion by the name of the true Church of God made of born again Christians baptised who follow His Word, it is to fall in the trick of the enemy…

    Call it a religion, a cult, the roman religion, Catholicism maybe, but PLEASE NO MORE A CHURCH !

    Thank you in Jesus Name WHO HAVE ONLY ONE TRUE CHURCH, one legitimate Wife.
    That religion is the harlot of Revelation 17 and she want to be think of her as the real wife, the Church…
    No way… Don’t call it anymore church please !

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