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Catharists
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“Catharists” (from the Greek word ϰαθαροί, pure) has been, since 1163, the most common and apt name for the largest of medieval sects; its own names (Christiani, boni homines), and the names coined by its opponents (Manichaeans, Patarines, Albigenses, also neo-Manichaeans) are scientifically unsuitable.

1. History. The first Catharists appeared in Cologne in 1143, having come from the Balkans together with merchants and crusaders; they spread quickly to England and Spain, and particularly to southern France and northern Italy. They combine…

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Arno Borst, “Catharists”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 20 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_000650>
First published online: 2016



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