Antonin Gadal
The Work of a Man Inspired by the Spirit
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 Who Is Antonin Gadal?  
 The Source  
 The Doctrine  
 Pyrenean Catharism  
   The First Origins  
   Dositheus and the Dositheans  
   Simon Magus  
   The Great River of the Spirit  
   A Christian Mystery  
   Who Is Christ?  
   The Gospels  
   Cathar Christianity  
   Specificity of Pyrenean Catharism  
   A Transcendant Christianity  
   Inspiration from Alexandria  
   Two Spiritual Streams Meet  
   The Paraclete, the Consoler  
   A 'Paracletian' Church  
   A Religion of the Spirit  
   The Great Revolution of the Gnosis  
 The Catharism and Its Origins  
 The Mystery of the Caves  
 The Grail in the Pyrenees  
 Grail, Cathars and Rosycross  
 Interesting Links  
The Great Revolution of the Gnosis

‘God saved the world twice from materialism and corruption through the immense revolution of the Gnosis: through the mystics and the Gnostics, the hermits of the deserts and the great thinkers of the caverns. He raised the Cathars, the Leonists, the spirituals of Narbonne and Calabria against meaningless beliefs and dogmas.

They were the prohibited churches of St. John and St. Paul; the Knights Templars, the Cathars and later, the Rosicrucians, brothers of the Universal Brotherhood who built the Temple of the Spirit: the great “Mani” of Aquitaine.’

Gadal liked to quote these men, real pioneers of the Church of the Spirit in their times, carrying on their task of ‘fishers of men’ restlessly, opening the way from below to the rebirth of the spirit; often prohibited, persecuted and betrayed, but never discouraged.

Origen, Marcos of Memphis…

‘From the year 130 A.D. we have other spiritual leaders: the great Origen, Marcos of Memphis (as early as 300), Priscillian of Avila, Felix of Urgel, Paul of Armenia, Eriugena from Ireland, Lisois of Orleans, and also Nicetas from Constantinople who came to organise the Pyrenean Catharism facing persecutions.
Catharism reached the Occident, in its pure form, with Marcos of Memphis before the year 350. His favourite disciple, Priscillian of Avila, spread it through Spain, Gaul, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Germany until 385. It is in that year, that he was killed in Trier (Germany) on the Catholic bishops’ instigation. He was the first heretic martyr.


His great Spanish disciples Elipand, archbishop of Toledo, and Felix, bishop of Urgel (Andorra and Sabarthez) – who (from 788 to 800) were to be found on the same paths Priscillianus had walked in Narbonne, Regensburg, Frankfurt, Aachen – went on with his predication.

Joachim de Fiore

Later, Joachim of Fiore (1132-1202) would produce his “Spiritual Gospel” that also had a deep influence on religious thought.

All of them vivified a spiritual stream which would inspire Catharism.'

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