An article by a Pierre Sourbès in L'Indépendant talked of the 'treasure of Sauniere". A researcher said this article "... concluded that Saunière did not discover a treasure, but that his wealth originated from the selling of masses. Journalist Pierre Sourbès ..... concluded that the explanation for Saunière's activities lay in the trafficking in masses and nothing else. An interesting fact – ... during the 1960s in the Tour Magdala – there existed religious journals and magazines containing their advertisement supplements showing Saunière's advertisements for masses".
Examples of the magazines given are: La Semaine de Suzette, & Veillées des Chaumières for example. Apparently the adverts contained block advertisements saying ‘Poor curé stuck on a mountain-top in the Corbières seeks masses to celebrate'.
It didnt take long to see that the first magazine was really Sauniere advertising to swap postcards [not money for masses] and as for the second magazine there is this:
"On December 11, number 13 of the local magazine The veilles des Chaumières, there appears an advertisement signed by Sauniere in which he is advertising for a mass for 1 franc. The priest will deny ever having sent the ad to the magazine - and in fact the operation has the air of a maneuver of libel against Sauniere".
This seems related to something raised in Sauniere's trial - where Sauniere feels someone [is] against him in the pages of Les veilles des Chaumières, & refers to "an advertisement which was totally foreign"; in a later article published in La Semaine Religieuse de Carcassonne, written without even summoning him to clarify it: Sauniere said "I was first and foremost a priest, I would have asked the civil court to exonerate me - they would have certainly granted [this?]. I preferred to keep silent and suffer, preferring to wait for an [exoneration?] to come from Rome that I am confident will be granted'"
Further, there is a strange entry in the paper Le XIXe siècle published on the 11th February 1911 which seems to be related to the response of Sauniere to the advertisement in the veilles des Chaumières which he denied having sent.
The front of this paper is shown below [source Gallica] with the excerpt in red. I actually found it when trying to locate any copies of the magazine called the veilles des Chaumières :
This newspaper clipping that appeared on February 11, 1911 in the newspaper Le XIXe siècle, an openly revolutionary newspaper that says, satirically, of the news that Sauniere has been suspended from office and can not say Masses, and the journalist sarcastically mocks the news of the Diocese and the guilt of Saunière's suspension is because of "unfair competition to sell masses at a low price".
If i interpret correctly [and any of my French friends please correct me if i am wrong]; the title is THE MERCHANTS OF THE TEMPLE [with the author suggesting that the events with Sauniere were on a par with the Gospel story of the holy anger of Jesus driving the merchants from the temple in Jerusalem. But in the case of the diocese of Carcassonne who were the Merchants?]
"The bishopric of Carcassonne published the following note:"In response to a published note, dated December 14, 1910, in the supplement No. 13 Veillees des Chaumières which reads: "Always inform Violette de l'Aisne " [a person?], that Monsieur Abbe Sauniere, retired/on retreat in Rennes-le-Château, Couiza (Aude), France, says Masses of 1 franc and receives recognition for works of worship, serials, brochures, stamps, etc."
"The diocesan authority Carcassonne feels obliged to warn the faithful of the diocese and, in its power, from those of other dioceses:
"1st, That the abbe Saunière, former parish priest of Rennes-le-Chateau is by no means authorized to request form outside the diocese, or receive from foreign diocese, fees masses;
"2, he has not received any mission or authorization to officiate for any task that is aimed at worship."
Save the takings!
"Saunière spoils the business by selling discounted masses, and here, unfair competition, is [then] boycotted by " the union of traders prayers " from his department.
How far are the evangelical times!"
"The Guild temple
The bishopric of Carcassonne publishes the following notice:
"In continuation of a publication to come out, as of December 14, 1910, in the supplement at 13 des Veillees Chaumières and also conceive/ read: "Always on "report" Violette de l'Aisne " Mr. abbe Sauniere, retired to Rennes-le-Château, in Couiza (Aude), France, said Mass at 1 franc and works for recognition with the cult, serials, brochures, stamps, etc. "
"The Diocesan authority of Carcassonne believes its duty to warn the diocese and the faithful, and in their power as those of other dioceses:
"1 that Mr. l'Abbe Sauniere, former priest of Rennes-le-Château, is not allowed to request outside the diocese, or receiving of foreign dioceses, the masses of fees;
"2nd, That he has no mission or received authorization to conduct or undertake a work whose purpose is worship.
Save your cash! "The Abbe Sauniere spoils business by selling the professional masses at a discount, and here, for Unfair Competition, boycotted by the Union of merchants of prayers of his department.
As times are far evangelical!"
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