BishopricsWritten by Robert Bruce Baird
BISHOP OF CARCASSONNE: - There are so many exemplars of deceit and greed who have worn mantle of Bishop or Arch-Bishop. It continues to present day to say least but fortunately some of these men of cloth are being exposed in court and not just in hiding places of their fine churches where they have conducted all manner of ghastly and abusive acts throughout ages. Bishop Ussher of Armaugh is one who comes to mind but I will put another place and person forward for your consideration.
Huge amounts of money can be made by priests who recognize rich people lose their faculties as they near death and feel guilty for acts they have been part of in their life. The Catholic Church had instituted celibacy for express reason of making it so no priest could pass his fortune to any offspring (and they treated illegitimates as if they had no legal standing while also making any adoptees subject of rumor or charges about sexual impropriety). This meant that priest or cleric would in fact have to leave his estate to church. I like reading reports of Gregory of Tours. Make no mistake about it, there are financial opportunities galore in these spiritual high places, and some of good priests found ways to circumvent Church even after celibacy laws were made. There are two Bishops of Carcassonne that deserve our inspection. It is possible that Saunière was especially gifted in getting old people’s money but I doubt he could have raised amounts he spent and whatever amount he left with his concubine Marie, through such efforts. The first Bishop may have taught Sauniere some things about these illicit affairs and they may have had a public fight to keep attention away from some of their mutual hanky-panky.
“In Sauniere's garden is a statue erected to commemorate visit of Bishop of Carcassonne, Mgr. Billard.
Mgr. Billard had an affinity for very rich families, especially older members of those families. He was brought to court by members of a family from Coursan for having coerced their matriarch into signing over all her belongings to Bishop. She was declared of ‘Unsound’ mind. Curiously, Mgr. Billard arranged to have will signed over to himself as Monsieur Billard, not Monseigneur (Mgr.) Billard. His Notary was from Rouen; where actual execution of will took place. (Jarnac, Archives, p. 464 to 468).
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