Joseph McCabe (1867-1955) was one of the most prolific authors of all time. He was brought up as a Roman Catholic, worked on Latin documents, and made himself very well-informed about Christianity, but turned against it. But he was extremely naive about Jews; bear this in mind.

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Cathari, The.

J. McCabe, Rationalists Encyclopaedia

One large body in the revolt against Rome which spread over North Italy, France, and Germany in the twelfth century, after the reawakening of the mind of Europe, consisted of Evangelical Christians of strict life who were known as the Cathari (the Greek for "pure"). The name is wrongly extended to the Albigensians, only the select minority or inner circle of whom were ascetic, and other rebels. It properly means Christians who abhorred the corruption of the Church and its perversion of the teaching of the Gospels. They were for the most part annihilated in the truculent persecutions inaugurated by Innocent III. [See also Waldensians.]
     

 

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