While I suspect you have long since had your answer, I believe you might not have heard of this superb source:
Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error, by the French historian and sociologist, Emmanuel Leroy Ladurie (sp?), a fascinating, practically first hand account of a Cathar (or Albigensian) network of misery and terror in Southern France, around 1300 AD,. and the role of one Bishop Jacque Fournier, in helping put out one of the last outbreaks of this sect.
This same “Bishop Jacque Fournier” is often cited in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as Pope Benedict ??!.
And it was in his later role as Pope Benedict, that this former bishop defined such things as “The Particular Judgement.”
Now, Godsent, I have to tell you: it’s like reading “A Fatal Vision,” about the famous so-called “Green Beret Murder Case,” it’s a tough, raw, totally authentic book, translated directly from the original Occitanian French and Latin original sources.
It’s about real life people, “warts and all,” yet, too, it’s about beautiful testimonies of faith by “simple” men and women who remained loyal to the Catholic Church (helped by their bishop being a future pope, I’ll bet you!) no matter what.
The author makes the disquieting observation too, that there were instances of where “orthodox” (really strict Catholic believers) made common cause with Cathars against “Roman authority of any kind.”
I’ve used this book myself since 1979 or 1980 as a sort of “field guide” to help me understand how these same Cathars are very much with us today, as are their “strict orthodox brethern.”
And, saddest of all, the inclination of both “orthodox” American and European Catholics and what we might call the “Neo-Cathars” to bash Pope Benedict XVI, Rome, you name it, seems to have become really troubling, especially since 1990.
If by chance you know French, please! Try this same book in modern French: it’s called something like:
Montaillous une village Occitan
Me, I’m ashamed to say, I’m still plugging along with it as best as I can, after so many years!:o :o
Hope this helps.
[Yeah, we’re a year late, but that’s REALLY medieval! ]