The churches are without priests; priests no longer receive proper respect; Christians deny Christ, and their temples pass for synagogues. They belittle the holiness of the sanctuary of God, and the Sacraments are no longer regarded as sacred. Feast Days pass without any solemnity; men die in their sins, and their souls are borne before the awe-inspiring tribunal without having been reconciled with God through the Sacrament of Penance, and without being fortified by Holy Viaticum. Children of Christians no longer know Christ, and are not able anymore to walk in the way of salvation.

St. Bernard, Letter 221, Les Cathars: documents et articles. Editors: R. Nelli, F. Neil, D. Roche, and J. Duvernoy (Paris: Delphes, 1964)

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